Planet Earth Archive
04 June 2015, 11:37 AM ET
The movie, which premieres in September 2015, is a dramatization of the 1996 mountain climbing disaster on Mount Everest. Its based on the best-selling book "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster" by Jon Krakauer.
04 June 2015, 07:26 AM ET
Want to trace the footsteps of dinosaurs or pinpoint the exact location of extinct volcanoes? A new interactive geological map of Texas lets people browse everything from where dinos once roamed to the whereabouts of oil and gas formations.
03 June 2015, 01:04 PM ET
Some of the large lakes that sit atop the Greenland ice sheet can completely drain billions of gallons of water in a matter of hours. Now geoscientists know why: hidden movements of the ice sheet trigger giant cracks to form and drain the pools.
03 June 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The lakes that form atop Greenland's Ice Sheet, called supraglacial lakes, can rapidly, and mysteriously, drain billions of gallons of water in a matter of hours. Here's a look at the stunning icy-blue lakes.
03 June 2015, 12:56 AM ET
Not so long ago, hurricanes used to make landfall essentially without warning. But over the past century or so, new observation technologies have allowed us to track these storms more effectively and thus make better predictions – and save lives.
02 June 2015, 04:14 PM ET
Sailing and science enthusiasts took to the schooner Mystic Whaler over the weekend to learn what tall ship sailing, life in space and studying Antarctica have in common.
02 June 2015, 02:12 PM ET
Wispy, featherlike clouds off the coast of Chile appear to cover the Pacific Ocean in white fur, in a newly released satellite photo.
01 June 2015, 12:28 PM ET
A network of undersea faults off the coast of Southern California could produce huge quakes that could send tsunami waves crashing into Los Angeles, new research suggests.
30 May 2015, 08:57 AM ET
In the south-central part of Utah, a 100-mile-long (161 kilometers) formation, dubbed Waterpocket Fold, has created a landscape that is not only spectacular to view but is also a geological treasure for research and study.
30 May 2015, 08:27 AM ET
Blue-ice areas are patches of ice where wind and evaporation have scoured glaciers clean of snow.
30 May 2015, 03:13 AM ET
No, El Niño is not the source of every weather crisis, but it can be devastating, and researchers have uncovered a new clue that may help predict how bad things can get.
29 May 2015, 11:44 AM ET
When these six climate impacts occur, they will dramatically transform the planet.
29 May 2015, 08:46 AM ET
Manhattanhenge, a phenomenon when the setting sun is perfectly aligned with Manhattan's grid-patterned streets, occurs twice a year with a full sunset, and twice a year with a half sunset.
28 May 2015, 01:44 PM ET
Two volcanic islands that were recently born in the Red Sea are providing scientists with new information about a little-known rift in Earth's crust.
28 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
The jet stream off the East Coast of the United States controls an important climate pattern in the Atlantic Ocean.
27 May 2015, 01:58 PM ET
Forecasters are calling for another quiet hurricane season in the Atlantic this summer.
27 May 2015, 09:29 AM ET
Severe floods in Texas and Oklahoma are causing devastation after multiple storm systems battered a formerly drought-stricken area, according to experts.
27 May 2015, 07:39 AM ET
A new NASA image hints at the complex factors that encourage giant plankton blooms in the North Atlantic.
26 May 2015, 03:17 PM ET
Billions of by-the-wind sailors, also called Velella velella, could wash ashore in coming months because of favorable water temperatures and onshore winds.
21 May 2015, 03:06 PM ET
The West can expect its warm and dry weather to continue through the summer, while the central Plains will be relatively cool and wet.
21 May 2015, 02:02 PM ET
The oceans are teeming with a hidden web of organisms that may connect tiny bacteria and viruses to larger food webs, new research shows.
21 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The oceans are teeming with a hidden web of organisms that may connect tiny bacteria and viruses to larger food webs, new research shows.
21 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Massive glaciers in the southern Antarctic Peninsula suddenly started to crumble and melt in 2009.
21 May 2015, 01:31 PM ET
Natural beauty, ample amenities and tempting turquoise waters send one Hawaiian beach to the top of the rankings.
21 May 2015, 01:26 PM ET
Sun, surf and squeaky sand are on the docket at America's best beaches. This year's top 10 span from Hawaii to Florida, with some love for California, Massachusetts and the Carolinas as well. Read on, and dream of your next summer vacation.
21 May 2015, 11:10 AM ET
In 2009, several glaciers in the southern Antarctic Peninsula began shrinking at a dramatically accelerated rate, losing as much as 13 feet (4 m) of ice each year, according to a study in the journal Science.
21 May 2015, 10:32 AM ET
By the end of the decade, Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf will disintegrate. That "conclusion is inescapable" according to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists participating in Operation IceBridge.
19 May 2015, 04:39 PM ET
Four giant craters were discovered on the floor of Switzerland's Lake Neuchâtel.
19 May 2015, 07:10 AM ET
Earthquakes are some of the largest-scale and most-destructive events on the planet, involving plates of the Earth's crust hundreds of miles across. But new research shows that the physics of Lilliputians govern this shuddering of giants.
18 May 2015, 06:04 PM ET
The West should "climate proof" its power grid or risk electricity shortages, a new study says.
15 May 2015, 06:30 PM ET
The longest consecutive train of Kelvin-Helmholtz waves ever seen in the sea was spotted in the Atlantic Ocean's Romanche Fracture Zone.
15 May 2015, 01:36 PM ET
A vast Antarctica ice shelf that partly collapsed in 2002 has only a few years left before it fully disappears.