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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.

Wetlands can form in overlooked spaces, and that might be a good thing.

Olivia Trani, Contributor

Paleontologists have found incredible dinosaur diversity at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. What could nearby Bears Ears hold?

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Teeny tiny minerals locked inside diamonds tell scientists about Earth’s early history.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

Software helps a conservation group see where shade trees will best cool a river. Then the hard work starts.

Brian Owens, Contributor

A new study shows that predicting temperature and precipitation trends three to four weeks in advance is possible.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

In Ethiopia, churches may hold the key to protecting threatened species.

Teresa L. Carey, Contributor

Scientists find that soybeans attract fewer flocking birds than wheat or corn.

Teresa L. Carey, Contributor

Drilling reveals record from a time when the Dead Sea was deader.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

New findings suggest current oxygen-producing bacteria borrowed the ability from a possibly extinct lifeform.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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