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Report on the Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Expedition 1960-61: VUWAE 4


A Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Expedition was again mounted in the 1960-61 summer to carry out investigation of an ice-free area in southern Victoria Land. The area entered was the left “bank” of the Koettlitz Glacier, an exposed rock area some 50 miles by ten lying, at its nearest point, 40 miles from Ross Island where lies Scott Base. Roughly, the area lies across the 78°S parallel and on the meridian 164°E. This ice-free area has been entered by earlier exploring parties but, until this season, never investigated as a unit.

Financial aid for the Expedition came from several sources: Research Grants Committee of the University of New Zealand (£1,614); University of Wellington (£400 including research grant); Antarctic Division of D.S.I.R. (£300); the residue of a total grant of £1,000 made to the Victoria university of Wellington Antarctic Expedition 1959-60 and 1960-61; National Science Foundation of the United States of America which paid Dr. Blank a salary and allowed a requested £313 for his personal equipment, travel, insurance, freight of specimens and publication expenses.