Moving and shaking for 4.5 billion years

The physical processes that sculpt our Earth are dramatic — earthquakes, weather, volcanic eruptions, tectonic motions, climate change. Now, decades of research into the intricately intertwined system that links all oceans and freshwater, the atmosphere and our land is moving us forward toward a better understanding of our world. Here we watch it unfold.

Researchers in Brazil are hunting for unofficial roads -- many of them illegal -- tied to rainforest destruction.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
A quarter century of shoreline measurements show that the supermoon’s gravitational force drives more erosion.
Tess Joosse, Contributor
The finding illustrates the value of regular weather observations made by commercial airplanes.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Researchers in Finland used environmental data to study potentially destructive ice-induced shaking.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
If we want to rein in climate change, we will likely need to change what we eat and how we produce it.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Pollution estimates in India highlight the need for some countries to more closely monitor the problem in nonurban areas.
Benjamin Plackett, Contributor
This month in disquieting science.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Research suggests crystals form in cooling magma at an astonishingly rapid rate.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
New findings suggest the famous geyser went dormant during a period of severe droughts -- a condition that could recur in a warming world.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Surreal images from the Pacific Northwest
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Unusually hot zones in the ocean will last longer and occur more often in the coming century.
Christian Fogerty, Contributor
New research on diamonds found deep in the Earth's crust suggests that the planet's carbon cycle reaches far underground.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor