W L Schmitt on NSF Trip to Antarctica

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As biological consultant of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Waldo L. Schmitt, former Curator of Marine Invertebrates and now honorary research associate, National Museum of Natural History, joins an expedition to the Palmer Peninsula, Antarctica, to survey sites for a possible station in the area. During the survey, Schmitt collected over 29,000 specimens, which were added to the collections of the National Museum of Natural History. In recognition of his contributions to the United States Antarctic Research Program, the Board of Geographic Names designated a 30 mile ice-covered series of outcrops at the base of the Antarctic Peninsula as the Schmitt Mesa.


  • Schmitt, Waldo L (Waldo Lasalle) 1887-1977
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1963. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1964, p. 46.

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November, 1962


  • Discovery and exploration
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Field Stations
  • Interagency Cooperation


  • Antarctica
  • Polar regions

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