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.

Surreal images from the Pacific Northwest
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Unusually hot zones in the ocean will last longer and occur more often in the coming century.
Christian Fogerty, Contributor
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
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
Climate scientists propose new explanation for the rapid changes to the ocean carbon sink in the 1990s.
Christian Fogerty, Contributor
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
Across the world, humans aren't the only ones affected by global upheavals.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator