Muskeg (or “Organic Terrain”) comprises about 12 percent of the terrain of Canada. It creates considerable difficulties for surface transportation and often interferes with engineering works. As a start in the solution of the problems caused by muskeg, it is desirable that everyone use the same terms to refer to this type of terrain. A decision as to terminology can best be made after the terrain has been adequately classified or described. Dr. N. W. Radforth, Professor of Biology, University of New Brunswick, has developed a descriptive system for muskeg ; this guide is a condensed version of information contained in several technical papers authored by Dr. Radforth. These papers are listed at the end of this guide and may be obtained from the National Research Council of Canada.
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