One of Our Own: Kelly Pierce, Geomatics Specialist, NWT Geological Survey

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November 22, 2018

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A map can be a work of art.

Kelly Pierce, Geomatics Specialist for the NWT Geological Survey, proved just that with her Sharrie Lake Geological Map which was recently selected for ESRI Canada’s 2018 Map Calendar — a prestigious honour in the world of map-making. Only 13 maps were selected to be featured. 

The maps selected illustrate the exceptional work done by ArcGIS users across the country in their efforts to improve the environment, economy, and society using mapping and analytics.  Geographic information systems (GIS) help with the visualization and interpretation of data allowing us to better understand patterns.

The Sharrie Lake map has landed the coveted month of December in ESRI’s calendar.

Pierce’s map depicts detailed geological mapping of 2.6-2.7 billion-year-old volcanic rocks in the area surrounding Sharrie Lake in the Northwest Territories.  The amount of detail allows explorers to better understand the mineral potential of the region and the best areas to concentrate their exploration efforts.

The Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) advances geoscience knowledge of the NWT through research, analysis of mineral and petroleum resources and digital data.