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Biological observations from the Discovery Investigations 1925-1935
Southwestern Pacific OBIS (2014). Biological observations from the Discovery Investigations 1925-1935. Southwestern Pacific OBIS, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand, 5544 records, Online released on January 23, 2015.
Contact: Mackay, Kevin

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The Discovery Investigations were a series of expeditions to the Southern Oceans funded out of proceeds from the sale of whaling licenses that took place between 1925 and 1951. The investigations had three main components: a marine laboratory at King Edward Point on South Georgia; the fast-sailing 326-ton RRS William Scoresby; and studies undertaken by the RSS Discovery. In 1929, the Discovery was replaced by the 1000-ton steel-hulled RRS Discovery II when the older ship was found to be simply too slow and cumbersome to carry out all the work required. more

A variety of sampling methods were deployed, including otter trawls, beam trawls, dredges, fish traps, and a variety of fine-meshed nets tow in the horizontal, vertical, or oblique.

Marine/Coastal, Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula, AS, South Atlantic, ISW, South Indian Ocean, New Zealand, PSW, South Georgia

Geographical coverage
Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula [Marine Regions]
AS, South Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ISW, South Indian Ocean [Marine Regions]
New Zealand [Marine Regions]
PSW, South Georgia

Temporal coverage
10 October 1925 - 27 April 1935

Occurrence of biota

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), more

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NZOBIS: Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Based on this dataset
Heengaard, P. (1951). Antarctic parasitic copepods and an ascothoracid cirriped from brittle-stars. Vidensk. Medd. Dan. Naturhist. Foren. 113: 171-190, II plates, more
Mortensen, T. (1936). Echinoidea and Ophiuroidea. Discovery Reports, XII. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. 199-348, plates I-IX pp., more
Barnard, K.H. (1932). Amphipoda. Discovery Reports, V. University Press: Cambridge. 326, plate I pp., more
Burton, M. (1932). Sponges. Discovery Reports, VI. Cambridge University Press: London. 237-392, Plates XLVIII-LVII pp., more
Gordon, I. (1932). Pycnogonida. Discovery Reports, VI. University Press: Cambridge. 1-137 pp., more
Graham Cannon, H. (1932). Nebaliacea. Discovery Reports, III. University Press: Cambridge. 199-222, plate XXXII pp., more
Heron-Allen, E.; Earland, A. (1932). Foraminifera. Part I. The ice-free area of the Falkland Islands and adjacent seas. Discovery Reports, IV. University Press: Cambridge. 291-460, plates VI-XVII pp., more
John, C.C. (1932). Cephalodiscus. Discovery Reports, III. University Press: Cambridge. 223-260, plates XXXIII-XXXVIII pp., more
Massy, A.L. (1932). Mollusca: Gastropoda Thecosomata and Gymnosomata. Discovery Reports, III. University Press: Cambridge. 267-296, plate XXXIX pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-02-23
Information last updated: 2015-02-23
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