Shallow, rocky soils have formed in colluvium derived from Upper Devonian and Carboniferous shales including the Canol Formation and the Ford Lake shales. Some shales are pyritic, creating localized acid drainage in tributaries of the Ogilvie River. The area is near the southern limit of the continuous permafrost zone, and was not glaciated during the Quaternary.
PI: Paul Sanborn (Univ. Northern British Columbia)