Once biological material had been hauled to the surface, it was processed in this laboratory and placed in test-tubes and bottles for further study. Everything had to be secured in built-in racks as the ship was liable to roll. Specimens were examined under microscopes, identified, dissected and drawn. Descriptions and detailed drawings of the organisms were eventually published, filling 50 volumes.
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Reference: C. W. Thomson, The voyage of the ‘Challenger’: the Atlantic. Vol 1. London: Macmillan, 1877, p. 12
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