Edward A. Chapin - Field notebook, Chile, 1945

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In 1945, insect damage to forests in the country of Chile was so significant that its Ministry of Agriculture invited Smithsonian entomologist Edward A. Chapin to study the situation. In his field book of this trip, Chapin describes his travel to Chile and throughout the areas around Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Puerto Octay, Valdivia, Temuco, and Termas de Puyehue. His notes range from descriptions of the specimens he collected during his investigation and their corresponding locations and descriptions of the forests of the country to interactions with colleagues, local foods tried and local sites and towns visited. Chilean news clippings, photographs, and official papers are included. Join other digital volunteers to transcribe this Chapin's personal account of his research into the insects damaging Chilean forests at the close of World War II.

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