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.

Early-stage research points to bioengineering as a promising way to buy time for arid ecosystems.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
The hurricane season is just getting started and the storms are predicted to have a big impact this year.
Emilie Lorditch, Contributor
Fossils dating more than about 540 million years old are extremely rare. That's why a newly discovered ancient deposit is so valuable.
Christian Fogerty, Contributor
Climate scientists propose new explanation for the rapid changes to the ocean carbon sink in the 1990s.
Christian Fogerty, Contributor
New discovery could help scientists unearth more ancient microbial fossils and shed light on some big questions about early life on Earth.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
Ice-buried canyons may have been formed by repeated floods as the world went into an ice age more than 2 million years ago.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
The ghost of an ancient disease could inform the fight against COVID-19.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
Across the world, humans aren't the only ones affected by global upheavals.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up
Alistair Jennings, Contributor
Researchers discover hot spot off the coast of Italy with up to 1.9 million pieces of plastic per square meter.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
A new study suggests a correlation between volcanic activity and heavy rainfall, but other volcanologists are skeptical.
Rebecca Boyle, Contributor
New research suggests that national monument designations have not harmed local economies, and in some ways they may have helped.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer