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An Interdisciplinary science seminar on the antarctic Dry Valley Drilling Project (DVDP) of Japan, New Zealand, and the United States (McGinnis et al., 1972) was hosted by the Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington, in Seattle, May 29 to 31, 1974. The seminar was held to provide a forum for scientists, adminstrators, and support personnel to report on achievements of the project to date and to finalize drill sites for 1974–1975.

The seminar is one of many supported through the U.S./Japan Cooperative Science Program. It was jointly sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation. The area involved in DVDP studies is shown in Figure 1.