Antarctica NZ Event

Antratica New Zealand

New Zealand Government


ANDRILL (Antarctic Drilling) is an international programme investigating Antarctica’s role in global environmental change through the recovery of sediment cores from beneath the floating sea ice and ice shelves surrounding Antarctica. It involves scientists from the United States, New Zealand Germany and Italy, with a project manager from Antarctica NZ.

The ANDRILL Programme was a major scientific and operational success during the 2006/07 Antarctic season when a 1285m-long sediment core was successfully recovered from beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf (MIS), representing the longest and most complete (98% recovery) geological record from the Antarctic continental margin to date. Information obtained from studying the core material will provide a key reference record of climate and ice sheet variability over the last 12 million years.

The 2007/08 ANDRILL season has now finished and the Antarctic-based component of the project has ended. At its location in Southern McMurdo Sound, coring was successfully completed to 1138.54 metres below the sea floor. It is hoped that the core recovered this season will provide information about the middle to upper Miocene, never previously recovered in the Ross Sea. With the completion of the field work, attention now turns to analysis of core samples retrieved.


Principal Investigator


Tim Naish

Foundation for Research Science & Technology ANDRILL New Zealand Government Antarctica New Zealand
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IPY Project Number: 256

The ANDRILL website and especially its Project Iceberg site are portals for scientific information, video journals, podcasts, photos and more from the international geoscientists and science educators on the ice.

ANDRILL website
ANDRILL Education gateway
LEARNZ ANDRILL educational resource