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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.

Climate change may cause trees to live faster and die younger, releasing their carbon into the atmosphere.

Gabriel Popkin, Contributor

People in a hall. The walls are covered in images of people, horses, archers, and decorations.

New data sheds light on the impact of an ancient drought.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

As the air travel industry grows, we need to find alternative jet fuels that have less of an impact on the planet.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

Red tide approaching beach

Gel-like beads embedded with natural bacteria could fight harmful algal blooms.

Amanda Heidt, Contributor

Some bubbles grow to be more than a quarter-mile across.

Meeri Kim, Contributor

New research adds to the worry that soil microbes will make climate change worse.

Gabriel Popkin, Contributor

Preventing losses of electricity as it travels from the source to where it's used could cut greenhouse gas emissions by half a billion metric tons a year.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Scientists now know much more about the underground cavities in the sand that nearly killed a boy in 2013.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

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