A broad range and size of geological specimens, suitable for display purposes, was collected from the Ross Dependency, to give the public a better knowledge of the type of rocks outcropping in the Ross Dependency. An equally wide range of representative specimens from different formations and lithological types, was collected to create a detailed rock and fossil reference collection at the museum, to be available for visiting geologists. These were supplemented with site photographs and descriptions. The areas visited included the Taylor Valley near Lake Bonney, Carapace Nunatak, Mt Aeolus, Shapeless Mountain and Mt. Fleming.
Canterbury Museum holds over 2000 rock specimens from Antarctica. Most of these represent the lithologies of the Beacon Supergroup of rocks and were collected during several NZARP events over a number of seasons in the 1970s and 1980s. The collections were made at a number of sites in the Transantarctic Mountains of Victoria Land. In addition, small collections were made at Cape Adare and Cape ... Hallett.
Collected at the same time were fossils (in excess of 1200 specimens) of a variety of ages, but mostly Devonian (416-359 Ma), Permian (299-251 Ma) and Triassic (251-199 Ma). Represented among the fossils are plants, invertebrates (mostly arthropods, molluscs and brachiopods) and vertebrates (fish).
In the collections Antarctic rock have catalogue numbers with the prefix RA; fossils have the prefix AF. Rock samples and fossils specific to this expedition include: Rocks RA219-482, Fossils AF9-236 Collections made from Mt Aeolus, Olympus Range; Heimdall Glacier region; Taylor Valley; Carapace Nunatak; Shapeless Mountain; Mt Fleming
Please contact: Dr Norton Hiller Curator of Geology Canterbury Museum Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch 8013 NEW ZEALAND