Hard benthos data, 1979

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The folder documents the field work of William Osman relating benthic marine life along the coast of California during 1979. The study involved submerging plates and retrieving them to determine type and abundance of benthic marine life present. Entries are dated (January 30 to December 28, 1979), and contain a mix of description, sometimes in narrative structure. Entries are often headed with weather, first names or initials of colleagues working, followed with details about work completed, conditions in and on the water, work related challenges. Also includes some tables of data relating to plates, locations, and depth.

Date Range


Start Date

Jan 30, 1979

End Date

Dec 28, 1979

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  • Marine Biology
  • Benthic animals
  • Marine biology


  • United States
  • California


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 16-358

Collection name

Richard William Osman Papers, 1979-1980

Physical Description

1 Field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 3 folder 8