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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.

It’s now more common to see multiple giant wildfires burning at once, straining firefighting resources, scientists say.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Radar has revealed evidence of an environmentally significant impact that probably occurred during the last 2.6 million years.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Scientists reporting on severe weather can get hit hard by emotions, flashbacks and even nightmares.

Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer

Soil bacteria often take 50 years or more to react to changes in climate.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Despite conservation efforts, close assessment of Pando reveals significant losses. 

James Gaines, Contributor

A network of smartphones can improve short-term weather forecasts.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

They probably evolved to make mushroom-eating insects lose their appetites.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

Scientists find the signatures of war on the edge of space.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Much of the world's farmland is already at risk from palmer amaranth. The threat could spread further north as the climate warms.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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