The University of Kansas Natural History Museum has an online collection of drawings, images, charts, station data, and specimen data from the H.M.S. Challenger expedition, which lasted from 1872-1876. It was deemed "'the greatest advance in the knowledge of our planet since the celebrated discoveries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries,'" by scientist John Murray in 1895. Images of the Challenger and some of the equipment used are available here. In addition, the Challenger Expedition created over 40 nautical charts and these charts can be accessed via the world map with the shaded boxes on it, or from the table below the map. The charts are available in small and large sizes, but it's recommended that the small ones be viewed on the web, as the large ones take some time to download. The small charts do have a magnifier feature, to enlarge the charts slightly. The station data can be downloaded as an excel spreadsheet, and the specimen data can be found on several other websites. There are also half a dozen "Links" that are available below the table of charts.


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