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Geological surveying in Antarctica


Bob Miller of the Southern Survey Party taking a noon-sight on New Year's Day.

Geological surveys during Commonwealth TAE

The main goal of the New Zealand party of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955-58) was to lay food and fuel depots for the British crossing party. But the ‘ongoing pursuit of scientific knowledge' was also a ‘driving force' behind the expedition and a number of geologists and surveyors were included in the New Zealand party to undertake geological surveys. Three field parties, supported by aircraft, explored 103,600 km² of uncharted Antarctic territory.

See also: Ed Hillary describes geological surveys.


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