Cecily Honig

Deceased: November 24, 2006

M. Sc. Thesis

Estuarine Sedimentation on a Glaciated Coast: Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia

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Surficial sediments and cored depositional sequences were studied in the Lawrencetown Lake, a small drowned valley estuary on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Seven lithofacies were identified in the twenty cores collected in the lake. On the basis of the sedimentation patterns seen in the surface sediments, the microfaunal assemblages, and the spatial relationships between the facies, these sediment units are interpreted to be the result of two separate cycles of transgressive sedimentation. The first cycle, which began approximately 3.0 KaBP, ended when the tidal inlet, through which sediment was transported into the lake, migrated westward, narrowed, and eventually closed as a result of exceptionally abundant sediment available for barrier construction. A second transgressive cycle was initiated when the present inlet opened, however the lake is continuing to fill with fine sand and mud. These results indicate that estuarine deposition on the Eastern Shore is controlled by a delicate balance between rising relative sea level and the locally available sediment supply.

Supervisor: Ron Boyd


HONIG, Cecily Ann - Passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home in her 72nd year, on Friday, November 24, 2006. She was predeceased in 2001 by her devoted husband of 44 years, Dr. Werner K. Honig. She is survived by her loving sons, Kenneth (Janet), of Kingston, Ont.; Martin (Cathy Wills), of Lansdowne, Ont.; and Derick (Shelley MacKenzie), of Halifax; her beloved granddaughters, Alice, Rachel, Helen, and Hannah. Especially saddened by her passing is her lifelong friend, Allan Pineau, of Halifax. She was born on August 12, 1935, in Port Chester, N.Y., a daughter of the late Mary L. C. and Frederick Bernheim (of Durham, N.C.). She graduated from Oberlin College in 1956, and moved to Halifax with her family in 1963. A devoted homemaker and mother, she attended Dalhousie University where she pursued her long-standing interests in science and particularly geology, obtaining Bachelor's and Master's degrees in geology. Her ensuing long and dedicated career in geology culminated at Saint Mary's University where she was a lecturer for almost 20 years, and was very recently honored by the University for her dedication to undergraduate teaching. Cecily volunteered for many years at the Museum of Natural History. She was passionate about marine science and wildlife conservation, and her other interests included fossils, fabric arts, gardening, literature, and fitness. Shortly before her death she completed a special trip with her family hiking in Bryce and Zion National Parks in the American southwest. In accordance with her wishes, there shall be no visitation or services. Donations in her memory can be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada or Canadian Wildlife Federation.