A large piece of metasequoia tree trunk, also known as dawn redwood, found in a diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe at Lac de Gras. The metasequoia, a deciduous conifer, was a common swamp plant around 52 million years ago. At that time the region, today a tundra landscape, was humid, temperate, and forested. When the kimberlite volcano erupted, the remains of the tree collapsed into the top and was encased in the kimberlite rock. It is real wood, not mineralized or petrified, and is sometimes referred to as ’fossil wood’.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) will be closed to the public until further notice as a precautionary measure to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories.
À compter du lundi 16 mars 2020, le Centre du patrimoine septentrional Prince-de-Galles (CPSPG) sera fermé au public jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Il s’agit là d’une mesure de précaution pour limiter la propagation possible de la COVID-19 aux Territoires du Nord-Ouest (TNO).