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Victoria University Antarctic Research Expedition Science and Logistics Reports 1973-74: VUWAE 18



The main objective of VUWAE 18B was to extend the study of the Mawson Breccia (Allis et al, 1973) both at Shapeless Mountain and at Allan Hills by:
(1)Detailed mapping of Shapeless Mountain;
(2)Mechanical analysis of randomly chosen square metres of breccia;
(3)Examination of the clastic dykes at Shapeless Mountain;
(4)Sampling for chemical analysis, dating, and palaeomagnetic study.

Because of unusually heavy snow cover, high winds, and sickness in the party, only five days were spent on geology at Shapeless, and none of the main objectives could be achieved. However, in the time page 11 spent at Vanda recuperating, alternative projects for Plume and Rowe were planned and these were worked on in January. At Plane Table sections were measured and sedimentary features described, while at Mount Jason ichnofossils were examined and described.


Allis, R., Crump J., Hunt, T., Keys, J., and Kyle, P. 1973. Immediate report of Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Expedition 1972-73, Wellington, New Zealand. 39 pp.