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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.

Researchers find that hot ash, lava, boulders and gas can rush from a volcano at high speeds on a cushion of air.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Repercussions of human pressure ripple from the edges to the center of an enormous protected area.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Scientists explain the lime green look of spring.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

The bright colors of a variety of citrus fruits, including lemons, limes and other tart fruits fill the foreground of the image. The background includes white lines of the DNA double helix.

Scientists identify two genes behind plant cell pumps that produce sourness -- and variation in flower color.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

A new study highlights the magnitude of transmission lines' potential negative effects on the forest.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Critical ecosystem’s first global height measurement could aid climate change fight.

Gabriel Popkin, Contributor

Researchers match recent and future climates to show what American cities will be like in 60 years.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

While leadership upheaval grabs headlines, the NEON project's network of observatories is quietly starting to yield results.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Researchers saw spikes in hospital visits, inhaler refills and violent crime in areas inundated by wildfire smoke.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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