Searching For The World's Oldest Ice : Short Wave Scientists think the world's oldest ice is hiding somewhere in Antarctica. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce tells us how researchers plan to find it — and why.

For more, you can also read Nell's story, "Scientists Have Found Some Truly Ancient Ice, But Now They Want Ice That's Even Older."

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.
NPR logo

The Hunt For The World's Oldest Ice

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/953903853/954034396" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
The Hunt For The World's Oldest Ice

The Hunt For The World's Oldest Ice

The Hunt For The World's Oldest Ice

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/953903853/954034396" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sun glancing off the surface of the blue glacial ice exposed at the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area, Antarctica. Ice cores containing trapped air from 2+ million years ago were discovered here in 2015-2016. The blue ice is exposed at the surface through a combination of glacial flow and ablation from the winds that blow year-round in the area. December 2015. John Higgins hide caption

toggle caption
John Higgins

Sun glancing off the surface of the blue glacial ice exposed at the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area, Antarctica. Ice cores containing trapped air from 2+ million years ago were discovered here in 2015-2016. The blue ice is exposed at the surface through a combination of glacial flow and ablation from the winds that blow year-round in the area. December 2015.

John Higgins

Scientists think the world's oldest ice is hiding somewhere in Antarctica. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce tells us how researchers plan to find it--and why.

For more, read Nell's story, "Scientists Have Found Some Truly Ancient Ice, But Now They Want Ice That's Even Older."

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and Thomas Lu, edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Ariela Zebede.