Planet Earth Archive
01 November 2015, 12:15 PM ET
Avalanching dunes can create their own music, when toppling sand erupts first with staccato burps and then with monotone "singing" booms. These tunes have long intrigued scientists, and now a team of physicists has deciphered why they occur.
29 October 2015, 03:49 PM ET
The Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, has exploded into a riot of color thanks to a rare spring flower bloom.
29 October 2015, 12:07 PM ET
The Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, has exploded in a riot of color thanks to a rare spring flower bloom.
29 October 2015, 12:27 AM ET
Cacti need better PR — too many are going extinct.
28 October 2015, 05:08 PM ET
With dramatic blooms and unusual shapes, cacti are the answer to gardens struggling in a drought.
28 October 2015, 03:55 PM ET
Too much CO2 is not so good for our brains, either.
28 October 2015, 03:38 PM ET
Engineers and designers worked together to create an eco-friendly swimsuit that can help wearers clean up the ocean one stroke at a time.
28 October 2015, 01:06 PM ET
Peering closely at sand you see far more than the beach.
27 October 2015, 05:07 PM ET
A record-breaking number of small earthquakes has hit San Ramon, California, over the past two weeks.
26 October 2015, 01:51 PM ET
A huge chunk of rock and ice slid down Canada's Mount Steele at a dizzying speed, and a new satellite image reveals the stunning aftermath.
26 October 2015, 11:10 AM ET
Intense depletion of the ozone layer above Antarctica happens each year. In October 2015 it was more than 1.5 million square miles larger (2.5Mkm2) than in 2014.
23 October 2015, 05:56 PM ET
Hurricane Patricia is currently churning in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and weather forecasters are calling it the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. How big can tropical cyclones get?
23 October 2015, 09:23 AM ET
Previous research suggested life may have arisen on Earth 3.83 billion years ago. The new findings suggest life started 270 million years earlier, and only about 440 million years after Earth formed about 4.54 billion years ago.
21 October 2015, 02:12 PM ET
Los Angeles could be in for a fair bit of shaking in the next three years, as a magnitude 5.0 or greater earthquake is almost certain, a new model suggests.
20 October 2015, 03:53 PM ET
Stunning images of Earth's sunlit face, snapped by a satellite located 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) away from the planet, will be available daily for people to browse on a new NASA website.
19 October 2015, 03:22 PM ET
If humans had never set foot in the Bahamas, the islands today might be teeming with Cuban crocodiles, Albury's tortoises and rock iguanas, a new study finds.
19 October 2015, 12:42 PM ET
NASA’s new website for its Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission will be updated daily with images captured 12 to 36 hours prior. 22 Images from Oct. 17th, 2015 have been compiled and looped here to show one full rotation.
15 October 2015, 02:33 PM ET
Researchers studying areas of eastern Antarctica where snow is often stripped off the surface by wind, recently found that powerful gusts are actually vaporizing massive amounts of snow, rather than blowing and redistributing it elsewhere.
15 October 2015, 01:30 PM ET
A strong El Niño is brewing in the Pacific, which should bring warmer and wetter weather across the Southern and Eastern United States.
14 October 2015, 11:09 AM ET
Check out this year's Nikon Small World photo contest winners, including a shot of a bee's eye covered in pollen and a close-up of a carnivorous plant's deadly trap.
14 October 2015, 10:14 AM ET
Math man Ken Golden needed to understand how water moves through sea ice. So he bundled up for a polar science quest; not only climate questions, but physics, biochemistry, and materials research will benefit from his work.
14 October 2015, 07:44 AM ET
El Niño is expected to be more beast than "little boy" this year — a forecast about the weather pattern that becomes clear in newly released maps of the waters around the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
13 October 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Almost 30 years after a horrific accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released massive amounts of radiation and became one of the world's worst nuclear catastrophes, many native wildlife species are once again finding refuge in the area.
12 October 2015, 10:27 AM ET
X Prize, an organization that fosters innovation through incentivized competition, has thrown down the gauntlet by announcing their newest completion challenging innovators to find a way to turn CO2 into a valuable product.
09 October 2015, 04:50 PM ET
Photos of craggy rock and a time-lapse of stars are just two of the 13 winning entries for this year's "100 Great Geosites" photography competition, held by The Geological Society of London.
09 October 2015, 04:50 PM ET
On a cold, drizzly afternoon, Brent Bouwsema photographed some of the oldest stones in the British Isles. His picture of the Callanish Stones is one of 13 winners of the "100 Great Geosites" photo contest, The Geological Society of London announced today.
08 October 2015, 12:47 PM ET
Corals are dying across the planet. The culprit? Ever-increasing temperatures are stressing out corals' colorful partners called zooxanthellae. The result? Bleached-white corals.
08 October 2015, 11:48 AM ET
For only the third time on record, coral bleaching is occurring across the globe and climate change is to blame.
07 October 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Earth's inner core formed between 1 billion and 1.5 billion years ago, when it powered the huge rise in Earth's magnetic field, new research suggests.
07 October 2015, 01:59 PM ET
The planet faces a booming population, but a stark future can be avoided if nations push for sustainable development.
05 October 2015, 03:32 PM ET
Historic levels of rain drenched South Carolina over the weekend, the result of a cool, wet front that swept down the coast.
05 October 2015, 07:46 AM ET
Southwest of Moab, Utah, is an area of the American Southwest that is truly a showcase of geology. Check out these stunning images of one of the most geologically and biologically rich environments in North America.