Short Wave: The Hunt For The World's Oldest Ice

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.”

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


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