Data sources and reports

The Ross Sea Region data on this site is taken from the following sources:


Soil site and soil pit horizon data
SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctic Placenames (CGA)
Antarctic Digital Database (ADD)
RAMP-1 125 m SAR mosaic

Soils Map Viewer - Ross Sea Region soils sites

View site locations for the Ross Sea Region Soils Database.

The Ross Sea Region Soils Database is a 'point' database containing descriptions of over 1,000 soil pits, together with their chemical, physical, and mineralogical characteristics, at soil sites clustered around ice-free areas. Site descriptions include observations of the surrounding geological, topographic and climatic contexts, and local surface features, site moisture, parent material and biology.


Bockheim JG, McLeod M. 2006. Soil formation in Wright Valley, Antarctica since the Late Neogene. Geoderma 137: 109–116.

Bockheim JG, McLeod M. 2008. Soil distribution in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Geoderma 144: 43–49.

Bockheim JG, Campbell IB, McLeod, M. 2008. Use of soil chronosequences for testing the existence of high-water-level lakes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Catena 74: 144–152.

Campbell IB, Claridge GGC. 1987. Antarctica: soils, weathering processes and environment. Elsevier, Amsterdam. 368p.

Hofstee EH, Balks MR, Petchey F, Campbell DI. 2006. Soils of Seabee Hook, Cape Hallet Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Antarctic Science 18: 473–486.

Gibb RG, Campbell IB, Claridge GGC. 2002. 35 years of Ross Sea region soil studies on-line. Third International Conference on Contaminants in Freezing Ground, Hobart 14–18 April 2002.

McLeod M, Bockheim JG, Balks MR. 2008. Glacial geomorphology, soil development and permafrost features in central-upper Wright Valley, Antarctica. Geoderma 144: 93–103.

McLeod M, Bockheim J, Balks M, Aislabie, J. 2009. Soils of western Wright Valley, Antarctica. Antarctic Science 21: 355–365.