Planet Earth Archive
17 June 2014, 08:06 PM ET
This region, and for that matter much of our world’s oceans, are often described as poorly explored. But what do we mean by poorly explored and why do we know so little?
17 June 2014, 06:05 PM ET
A frozen river in the Arctic desert recently led scientists to a remarkable find: a freshwater spring gushing from a deep gully on Canada's Ellesmere Island.
17 June 2014, 05:46 PM ET
U.S. President Barack Obama announced today (June 17) that he would use his executive authority to expand a marine protected area to prevent potentially harmful human activities in parts of the Pacific Ocean.
17 June 2014, 01:38 PM ET
The "boring billion," the long evolutionary pause when slime ruled the Earth, might be due a planetary cooling-off period that stalled plate tectonics, a new study finds.
16 June 2014, 10:28 PM ET
The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes have touched down in northeast Nebraska, causing widespread damage in the town of Pilger. (June 16)
16 June 2014, 05:48 PM ET
President Obama spoke out about climate change over the weekend, in a commencement speech delivered to new graduates at the University of California, Irvine.
16 June 2014, 03:47 PM ET
Italy's Mount Etna erupted in a spectacular nighttime display Sunday (June 15), captured on video by avid volcano watchers.
16 June 2014, 03:06 PM ET
Europe's most active volcano - Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily - continued to erupt on June 16th, 2014. Spectacular footage show the eruption from its southern crater.
16 June 2014, 02:27 PM ET
Melting and refreezing creates giant jellyroll-like ice sculptures under Greenland's northern ice sheet. The newfound wonderland gives scientists a better picture of how Greenland's ice behaves and how that might change as the planet warms.
16 June 2014, 01:43 PM ET
The world's biggest active volcano, Hawaii's towering Mauna Loa, may be rumbling back to life. But don't change any tropical vacation plans yet: there are no signs the massive peak plans to erupt.
16 June 2014, 08:05 AM ET
Earth's most abundant mineral lies deep in the planet's interior, sealed off from human eyes. Now, scientists for the first time have gotten a glimpse of the rock enclosed inside a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite. Its new name: bridgmanite.
13 June 2014, 03:19 PM ET
The 20th World Cup kicked off Thursday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a new aerial image from NASA captured a stunning nighttime view of the host country.
13 June 2014, 01:17 PM ET
Peru's Amazon rainforest is extensively contaminated from decades of oil and gas drilling, researchers reported.
13 June 2014, 12:21 PM ET
Boron, a critical building block for creating the first life on Earth, was found in 3.8-billion-year-old rocks from Greenland. The element stabilizes RNA, from which many researchers think life on Earth descended.
13 June 2014, 11:15 AM ET
How much do you know about hurricanes and hurricane season?
13 June 2014, 07:35 AM ET
New evidence implicates one of Earth's biggest impact craters, the Popigai crater in Russia, in a mass extinction that occurred 33.7 million years ago.
12 June 2014, 09:22 PM ET
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will collect hundreds of thousands of measurements each day as it flies over Earth.
12 June 2014, 05:48 PM ET
A new NASA spacecraft is about to embark on a 2-year mission to learn about how carbon dioxide — a heat-trapping gas driving climate change — cycles through the Earth's atmosphere.
12 June 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Scientists have found evidence for oceans' of water locked up in a rare type of blue-colored mineral hidden beneath Earth's surface in the so-called mantle transition zone.
12 June 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Parts of the Earth's lower mantle are melting, which can only happen due to the presence of lots of water. These oceans' worth of water are sealed into the blue mineral called ringwoodite, scientists have found.
12 June 2014, 08:49 AM ET
From the star dunes of Algeria to airglow above Australia, here's a look at the countries competing in the 2014 World Cup in these images taken from space.
12 June 2014, 02:42 AM ET
Award-winning science visualization shows how coral is able to create a long-lasting whirlpool structure that alters the local environment and enhances the coral's ability to "breathe."
11 June 2014, 10:12 PM ET
20-yr-old diver, filmmaker and conservationist Madison Stewart explodes myths about sharks in this Live Science exclusive unedited interview with @DavidSkyBrody (Pt.2). On more than 450 dives sharks have been her playmates, family and friends.
11 June 2014, 09:52 PM ET
20-yr-old diver, filmmaker and conservationist Madison Stewart explodes myths about sharks in this Live Science exclusive unedited interview with @DavidSkyBrody (Pt.1). On more than 450 dives sharks have been her playmates, family and friends.
11 June 2014, 06:19 PM ET
The sun has unleashed three powerful solar flares over the past two days, and the effects of these eruptions could hit Earth this Friday the 13th — but don't worry, space weather reports show there's no cause for alarm.
11 June 2014, 04:49 PM ET
20-yr-old diver, filmmaker and conservationist Madison Stewart explodes myths about sharks in this Live Science exclusive interview with @DavidSkyBrody. On more than 450 dives, various species of shark have been her playmates, family and friends.
11 June 2014, 02:33 PM ET
Two satellite images taken weeks apart reveal that Greenland's speediest glacier recently lost another huge chunk of ice. Arctic warming is contributing to the acceleration of the Jakobshavn glacier's retreat.
11 June 2014, 08:20 AM ET
New evidence suggests Earth's moon sprung to life much sooner than scientists thought, just 40 million years after the solar system coalesced.
11 June 2014, 05:55 AM ET
Are renewables a better solution than nuclear for global warming?
11 June 2014, 12:05 AM ET
“Earth science” is a broad term that encompasses four main branches of study — geology, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy — each of which is further broken down into more specialized fields.
10 June 2014, 04:33 PM ET
Though it's starting to feel like summer in the Great Lakes region, with temperatures soaring into the 80s, icebergs are still loitering in Lake Superior — a reminder of an especially harsh winter.
10 June 2014, 03:03 PM ET
A brutal winter left Lake Superior with some icy souvenirs. Though temperatures are rising in the Great Lakes region with the onset of summer, icebergs were still floating in the big body of water as of early June.