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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.

Flowering throughout the calendar could help tropical trees evade competitors.

Gabriel Popkin, Contributor

Short-lived chemicals not covered by international treaty may travel fast enough to harm Earth's protective ozone layer.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Scientists can now link "acts of God" to climate change. That could give victims the power to hold someone accountable, say lawyers.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Tornadoes and flash floods can happen at the same time, but safety instructions for each one is the opposite.

Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer

How the role of social media can save lives.

Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer

A former storm chaser recounts being in the path of a tornado.

Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer

Climate models produce incredible amounts of data. Soon, scientists may have to give some of it up.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Mass migration to Chinese cities has likely decreased the total number of premature deaths caused by air pollution.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Magnified, the whisker-like deposits look like tiny rolled cigars.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

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