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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.

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

Touring the world through storm watchers

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

The National Hurricane Center is finally seeing their ability to predict a storm’s strength catch up to their ability to track it.

Meredith Fore, Contributor

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

image shows a round, brown fossil of an ancient organism known as aspidella.

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

Many small bubbles in water, image looks through the water.

Climate scientists propose new explanation for the rapid changes to the ocean carbon sink in the 1990s.

Christian Fogerty, Contributor

Image shows a hand holding a piece of slate with a fossil, with mountains in the background.

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

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