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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.

Across the world, humans aren't the only ones affected by global upheavals.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

Researchers discover hot spot off the coast of Italy with up to 1.9 million pieces of plastic per square meter.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

A new study suggests a correlation between volcanic activity and heavy rainfall, but other volcanologists are skeptical.

Rebecca Boyle, Contributor

New research suggests that national monument designations have not harmed local economies, and in some ways they may have helped.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

The first fracking-induced earthquake to claim human lives shows why magnitude may underestimate the danger such earthquakes pose.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Superbolts unleash a thousand times more energy than typical lightning.

Emilie Lorditch, Contributor

Researchers examined some of the oldest rocks in western Greenland to probe the beginnings of today’s continents.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

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