Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the study of the sedimentary basins off the east coast of Canada was a priority for Geological Survey of Canada researchers working at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Industry, academia, and other government departments expressed a need for a current overview of the collected data and interpretation of these basins, and the Survey responded by developing the East Coast Basin Atlas Series.
The atlases in this series integrated seismic reflection and refraction data with aeromagnetic surveys and conventional seismic and well data. Content, in the form of maps, cross-sections, charts, and illustrations, defined the regional structure, stratigraphy, and geochemistry of the sedimentary basins.
The Labrador Sea Basin Atlas was published in 1989, followed by the Scotian Shelf Basin Atlas in 1991. When digital media became a preference, the Survey made the map sheets for the Grand Banks of Newfoundland Basin Atlas available by download. Data associated with the interpreted content are also available from the online BASIN database. The atlases are a comprehensive resource for those working in the area or are planning further investigations. The series remains the only compilation of its type.
Ross, D.I., Lewis, C.F.M., Howie, R.D., Cant, D. and Bates, J.L. (éd.), 1991. Scotian Shelf / Plate-forme néo-écossaise; Geological Survey of Canada, East Coast Basin Atlas Series 1991, 152 p. doi:10.4095/210520