Planet Earth Archive
18 August 2015, 11:49 AM ET
Fossils of one of the oldest flowering plants on Earth date back to the early Cretaceous period, approximately 125 million to 130 million years ago.
18 August 2015, 07:17 AM ET
Using giant vats of organic liquid buried under a mountain in Italy, scientists have shed new light on the origins of ghostly particles known as neutrinos generated by the Earth. The finding may reveal how radioactive elements affect Earth's interior heat
17 August 2015, 06:58 PM ET
For many parts of California, an end to the cycle of drought may just be wishful thinking.
17 August 2015, 04:03 PM ET
A fluffy, frondy plant that wouldn't look out of place in a lake today was one of the oldest flowering plants on Earth, new research finds.
17 August 2015, 11:01 AM ET
The glaciers in the Tian Shan mountains in the heart of Asia have lost more than a quarter of their total mass over the past 50 years, a rate of loss about four times greater than the global average during that time, researchers said.
14 August 2015, 02:53 PM ET
After two giant explosions in Tianjin, a black plume of smoke snaked over China's Bohai Sea.
14 August 2015, 10:49 AM ET
A lake straddling the California-Oregon border looks like an empty swimming pool in new photos taken from space.
14 August 2015, 09:41 AM ET
A 1570 earthquake in Italy shifted the Po River's right bank upward by several inches, forcing the river to change course.
14 August 2015, 08:47 AM ET
The dead bodies of plankton cover a surprising amount of the ocean floor, according to the first digital map of global seafloor composition.
14 August 2015, 07:29 AM ET
A real-estate agent and storm chaser captured a snapshot of a lifetime on Aug. 9, when he photographed a rare duo — an eerie flash of lightning framed by a glorious rainbow — in Tucson, Arizona. Here's how the two phenomena happened.
14 August 2015, 01:02 AM ET
This year's El Niño looks to rank among the strongest on record, with potential U.S. weather impacts.
13 August 2015, 03:29 PM ET
It may seem unusual to pay for something as, well, natural as nature, but a new economic model suggests just that, and it seems to be working, argues Jane Carter Ingram.
13 August 2015, 11:49 AM ET
Forr the first time, scientists have sequenced the genome of the eight-legged rock star, revealing how its complex noggin evolved.
12 August 2015, 07:40 PM ET
People are using up the Earth's resources, and August 13 marks the pivot point for 2015.
12 August 2015, 10:29 AM ET
An accidental breach by an EPA cleanup crew sent 3 million gallons of acidic, heavy-metal-laden water into Colorado's waterways. How do you clean up a river? The answer is twofold: treatment and dilution.
12 August 2015, 10:23 AM ET
Three million gallons of water contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins spilled out of Colorado's Gold King Mine, turning the Animas River a mustard color and contaminating waterways. Here's a look at the toxic spill.
11 August 2015, 12:10 PM ET
The annual Perseid meteor shower is typically the most spectacular "shooting star" display for people in the Northern Hemisphere, and this week, skywatchers could be in for a remarkable show.
10 August 2015, 01:42 PM ET
Beijing has seen explosive growth in recent years, with the physical size of the city quadrupling in just a decade, a new study reveals.
10 August 2015, 01:36 PM ET
NASA needs your help to bolster current earthquake detection technologies, and they’re offering $25,000 to the team that develops the best way to detect an oncoming quake.
10 August 2015, 12:30 PM ET
Some butterfly species could disappear from southern Britain in the next 35 years if climate change and habitat loss continue, according to new research.
10 August 2015, 11:59 AM ET
Photos of butterflies that will likely go extinct by 2050 in southern Britain if their habitats aren't preserved and droughts worsen.
10 August 2015, 07:26 AM ET
A zap of lightning can change the very structure of a rock, new research shows.
10 August 2015, 07:23 AM ET
Australia's Adele Island appears tranquil from space, but this sandy spit is the site of efforts to eradicate an invasive rat population that devastates seabird populations.
07 August 2015, 07:38 AM ET
Giant rocks stacked in seemingly gravity-defying poses could indicate that earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault can jump to another major fault in Southern California.
07 August 2015, 06:00 AM ET
By shifting to carbon-free energy, including nuclear and carbon capture options, runaway CO2 emissions can be quenched, even in developing nations.
06 August 2015, 04:31 PM ET
The earthquake that struck Nepal in April shook in a way that spared many small buildings in the city but devastated those more than two stories high, a new study finds.
06 August 2015, 02:23 PM ET
The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April only released a fraction of the energy still trapped in the underlying fault, meaning the area has the potential to host another possibly more powerful earthquake.
06 August 2015, 08:06 AM ET
Orbiting 1 million miles ‘sunward’ of Earth, a four megapixel CCD camera/telescope captured Luna crossing over the Pacific Ocean from the Deep Space Climate Observer’s point of view on July 16th, 2015.
06 August 2015, 07:55 AM ET
The Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft recently caught the moon crossing Earth's face in a stunning video that shows off the mysterious lunar far side.
05 August 2015, 11:51 AM ET
Africa looked awash in splotches of dusty pink, vibrant green and a swirl of white clouds in an image snapped Tuesday (Aug. 4) by Europe's newest weather satellite, according to an announcement from the European Space Agency.
03 August 2015, 01:31 PM ET
Ed Bensman, NSF atmospheric scientist, reveals that storms at night depend on daytime predecessors and how they can rumble on for many hours.
03 August 2015, 09:18 AM ET
A recent photo contest highlights images captured by ecologists in the field.