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Antarctic Lecture: The First U.S. Geology Field Party in Antarctica
February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
James Collinson, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
On November 29, 1929 Lieutenant-Commander Richard E. Byrd made
the first flight to the South Pole. On November 4 a geological field
party of 6 led by Byrd’s Chief Scientist and second in command,
Laurence M. Gould, left Little America. They sledged across the Ross
Ice Shelf to the Queen Maud Mountains along the path of Byrd’s
proposed flight. Amundsen in his trek to the South Pole had previously
crossed the mountains in the same area, but had not reported
geological observations. Gould and his men extended the known
geology throughout much of the Transantarctic Mountains.