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New Zealand  1984  "Antarctic Research" 

Issue Date 01.02.1984
ID Michel: 889-892, BL. 5  Scott: 791-794  Stanley Gibbons: 1327-1331  Yvert: 859-862, BL. 49 UPU: N/A Category: pF
Author R M Conly, Waikanae
Stamps in set 4
Size (width x height) 42 x 30 mm
Layout 100 stamps in sheet
Products FDC x 2   MS x 1
Paper  unwatermarked
Perforation 13.6 x 13.2
Print Technique


Printed by Cambec Press, Australia
Issuing Authority New Zealand Post
Plant Fossil on Antarctic Research stamps of New Zealand  1984

On 1st February 1984, Post authority of New Zealand issued a set of 4 stamps "Antarctic Research". These stamps issued in individual sheets of 100 stamps and a mini sheet of 4 stamps.
In the last 100 years, 'Terra Australis Incognita', the 'Hidden Southern Land', has been slowly unveiling its secrets after spending a lifetime in forbidding silence. Its 14 million square kilometres of ice and snow is described as being the driest, coldest and windiest place in the world. Yet, undeniably, this cruel continent commands an air of awesome significance and supreme beauty. On the southern most tip of Ross Island, located on the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf on the Antarctic continent, is Scott Base, established in 1957 to support New Zealand's participation in the International Geophysical Year scientific research programme. Since then it has been continuously occupied by scientists and support staff. Other bases have been established including Vanda Station on the shores of Lake Vanda in the Dry Valley region of Victoria Land on the Antarctic continent proper, and at Cape Bird on the northern tip of Ross Island, 100 kilometres from Scott Base. The seasons govern the population and the work carried out.
This set saluted scientists of all nations working in the Antarctic.

24c - Geological Research - at Shapeless Mountain:

Plant Fossil on Geological Research stamp of New Zealand 1984New Zealand geologists have for many years conducted study programmes of the Beacon Supergroup rock formations of Shapeless Mountain and Mt Fleming at the head of the Wright Valley in the Dry Valley's region of Antarctica. Studies carried by New Zealanders in the Ross Dependency have led to a great variety of fossil discoveries. These remnants are evidence of the likely measure of mineral deposits they can expect to find in this land.

40c - Biological Research - Seal Colonies:

Biological Research on  stamp of New Zealand 1984New Zealand scientists have contributed to extensive research into seal colonies.  These colonies abound in the Ross Dependency and in the coastal areas of Ross Island.

58c - Glaciological Research - 'Winkle' Drilling:

Glaciological Research on  stamp of New Zealand 1984'Winkle' drilling equipment has been used by scientists for a drilling programme in the Lower Taylor Valley.  Core samples obtained from drill holes ranging in depth between 80 and 120 metres have, after analysis, added considerably to the geological knowledge and climatic history of the region.
70c - Meteorological Research:
Meteorological Research on  stamp of New Zealand 1984Both New Zealand's Scott Base and Vanda Station in the Dry Valley's region of Antarctica conduct important meteorological studies.  These include daily climatic observations along with continuous wind, temperature, pressure and solar radiation recordings.  These observations provide data which is regularly transmitted to the New Zealand Meteorological Service.


Plant Fossil on Antarctic Research FDC of New Zealand  1984

Plant Fossil on Antarctic Research FDC of New Zealand  1984
Used cover Mini Sheet

Plant Fossil on Antarctic Research stamps on nused cover from New Zealand

Plant Fossil on Antarctic Research Mini Sheet of New Zealand  1984

References New Zealand Post


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