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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 system uses a supercomputer and crowd-sourced observations to improve short-term world weather predictions.

Chris Gorski, Editor

The probability of a snowy Christmas in any location depends on lots of factors -- including the effects of climate change.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Scientists sound alarm over radiation in Nubian Aquifer, but other experts say the health risk is unclear.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Changing weather and planting practices in recent decades have led to increased corn yields, but whether the findings will apply to other crops and regions remains unknown.

Gabriel Popkin, Contributor

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

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