Antarctic Soils Explorer
Since 1957, New Zealand's soil scientists have been exploring the nature, properties and formation of the scientifically remarkable Antarctic soils.
This website provides access to historic (1964-1999) soil sample data, recently collated by Manaaki Whenua, allowing for ongoing scientific and cultural research.
Other historic records, such as photographs, field books, publications and verbal accounts have recently been curated and are also presented here to ensure Aotearoa’s Antarctic soils heritage is preserved.
In addition, there are stories, which provide accounts of some of the soil research trips carried out by New Zealand soil scientists in the Antarctic, along with background information on the people involved, where they conducted their research, the science they carried out, and the challenges they faced.
Learn about the fascinating history of Antarctica, where exploration, human endeavor, scientific pursuits, and international cooperation have converged towards the ultimate goal of unravelling the mysteries of this frozen continent.
Soil research in Antarctica
Decades of multidisciplinary research has started to unveil some of Antarctica's ancient past. However, since most of the continent lies hidden beneath the ice, a major part of this understanding comes from studying areas where the soil is exposed. This story gives an overview of some of this research.
Iain Campbell and Graeme Claridge
Meet Iain Campbell and Graeme Claridge, two pioneering New Zealand soil scientists, and discover how they forged a formidable and long-standing scientific partnership.
About this site
Find out about the origins of the Antarctic Soils Explorer, background information on The Frozen Assets project and interviews with some of the scientists involved.
Browse historic soil site and soil pit horizon data from thirty-five years of soil studies by Drs Iain Campbell and Graeme Claridge, and their colleagues.
Browse and download media relating to soil research trips carried out by New Zealand soil scientists in the Antarctic 1958-1999. Includes expedition and soil site photographs, notebooks scans and other relevant media.