Talk:Challenger expedition

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Does anyone know what the source is for stating that "The written records of the Challenger Expedition are now stored in the Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, UK"? The Murray Library in the Natural History Museum holds a massive archive of Challenger material and I would be rather surprised if the Dove Laboratory collection is as important. Jeremy Young —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jeremy Young (talkcontribs) 23:04, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Not sure, though I agree that the NHM has a large archive. Will add an external link to that. Carcharoth (talk) 17:03, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
For the record (more for any other editors reading this talk page at a later date), I looked into this some more, and according to this (not the most reliable source but still) it is "a complete series of the HMS Challenger Expedition reports", which is different from the actual physical samples and written records, which according to the Natural History Museum went first with Murray to Edinburgh, but later ended up in the NHM. See the 'Curation and collection management' tab on this page. I'm going to modify the article to reflect this. Carcharoth (talk) 22:10, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Scanned plates[edit] has some scans of the pictures in the books, but the scans are very low-res and they claim to have some kind of copyright (is a scan an "original work"?). Is there any other source for free images or do I have to scan these myself? --Regani (talk) 09:49, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

By the numbers[edit]

"about 4717"? That's pretty exact for an approximation... I changed it to 4700, unless somebody can explain what's inexact about 4717. TREKphiler hit me ♠ 01:42, 29 August 2009 (UTC)

Challenger Deep[edit]

Nothiing about the expedition's discovery of the Mariana's Trench? This was their biggest find. The deepest point of the trench was even named after the ship. Antarctic-adventurer (talk) 10:18, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

it is spelled nothing — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:43, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

where it went[edit]

what is needed in this article is a map or a list or something indicating as much as possible where this expedition went. Currently, the artcile just has generalities. Hmains (talk) 19:29, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

I tried adding some material about where it went, and about the scientists and the crew we have articles on. Carcharoth (talk) 17:02, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Challenger Deep[edit]

Still nothing about the Challenger Deep, the deepest point on the earth's surface (in the Mariana Trench) that was first surveyed by Challenger? This is going to be in the news with James Cameron's Deepsea Challenger expedition about to try to reach the depths of the Deep for only the second time ever. (talk) 08:19, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

don't know how to fit this into legacy section; Challenger expedition materials junked in Canadian government library closures[edit]

Not sure which of the junked libraries the Challenger expedition materials were in, but this breaking news merits mention in the Legacy section: "Probably the most famous facility to get the axe is the library of the venerable St. Andrews Biological Station in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, which environmental scientist Rachel Carson used extensively to research her seminal book on toxins, Silent Spring. The government just spent millions modernizing the facility.

Also closed were the Freshwater Institute library in Winnipeg and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland, both world-class collections. Hundreds of years of carefully compiled research into aquatic systems, fish stocks and fisheries from the 1800s and early 1900s went into the bin or up in smoke.

Irreplaceable documents like the 50 volumes produced by the H.M.S. Challenger expedition of the late 1800s that discovered thousands of new sea creatures, are now moldering in landfills."

Huffington Post article, Capt. Trevor Greene, Jan 3, 2014. There's been lots of other coverage on this....anywhere but in the major media, that is. You know, the ones touted as "reliable sources". I'm guessing that the Challenger materials may have been in St Andrews or in St John's; the next paragraph of the article mentions a professor at Dalhousie, but I don't think that's one of the locations in question.Skookum1 (talk) 07:36, 4 January 2014 (UTC)


Michael Sars's article claims that his discovery of living stalked crinoids launched the expedition. If so, should be sourced and mentioned here. — LlywelynII 15:49, 9 August 2014 (UTC)