Hawaii, 1923 (Tanager Expedition) : article, "Lava Rock and Coral Sand," published in part in the National Geographic magazine

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The article "Lava Rock and Coral Sand" by Alexander Wetmore discusses the impetus and progression of the Tanager Expedition, 1923, conducted with the cooperation of the U.S. Navy, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, and USDA. Wetmore was working for the U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA), Bureau of Biological Survey. According to a note at the top of the cover, a portion of the article was printed in the National Geographic Magazine. Also discusses the guano industry in the islands, the domestic rabbit as an invasive species on Laysan Island; Lisianski Island; Midway Atolls; and well-known shipwrecks along the route. Other islands discussed include: Nihoa Island, Necker Island, French Frigates Shoals, Gardiner Island, Maro Reef, and Dowsett Reef.

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  • Animals
  • Geology
  • Birds
  • Guano industry
  • Introduced animals
  • Ornithology


  • Lisianski Island
  • Necker Island
  • Maro Reef
  • Nihoa
  • French Frigate Shoals
  • United States
  • Hawaii
  • Dowsett reef
  • Hawaiian Islands


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 folder

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Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 142 Folder 6