The stratigraphy of the Heimdall and Conrow Glacier area was determined to compliment earlier work carried out by Victoria University Antarctic Expeditions to define the stratigraphy of the area between the Mackay and Skelton Glaciers.
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 RA530-613; RA657-773 from the Heimdall Glacier region; Asgard Range; Plane Table; Obelisk Ridge; Mt Fleming Fossils AF237-316 Devonian invertebrates and fish from Lashly Mountains (Mt Crean) Permian plants from Lashly Mountains (Mt Crean) Triassic plants from west of Mt Fleming
Please contact: Dr Norton Hiller Curator of Geology Canterbury Museum Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch 8013 NEW ZEALAND
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Allibone, A.H., Forsyth, P.J., Sewell, R.J., Turnbull, I.M., Bradshaw, M.A. Geology of the Thundergut area, South Victoria Land, Antarctica 1:50 000. New Zealand Geological Survey Miscellaneous Series Map 21. Wellington, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. 1991.