Earth

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.

New discovery of ancient phosphorus-bearing minerals challenges assumptions about the way early life evolved.
Nikk Ogasa, Contributor
This month brought unusual weather to many spots around the world.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Sensing earthquakes with telecommunications cables could lead to better warnings.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
It’s becoming increasingly noisy beneath the waves, but people can do something about it.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Ancient sediments reveal that shortly after emerging from the sea, microbial life may have adapted to survive in acidic lakes.
Nikk Ogasa, Contributor
New research links cloud top appearance to the unusual phenomenon of lightning during a snowstorm.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
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