Bob Miller of the Southern Survey Party taking a noon-sight on New Year's Day.
The main goal of the New Zealand party of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955-58) was to lay food and fuel depots for the British crossing party. But the ‘ongoing pursuit of scientific knowledge' was also a ‘driving force' behind the expedition and a number of geologists and surveyors were included in the New Zealand party to undertake geological surveys. Three field parties, supported by aircraft, explored 103,600 km² of uncharted Antarctic territory.
See also: Ed Hillary describes geological surveys.