Planet Earth Archive
20 January 2016, 09:00 AM ET
Tectonic plates may have inched across the Earth’s surface to where they are now over billions of years. But they left behind traces of their movement under the sea in bumps and gashes that researchers can map.
20 January 2016, 08:51 AM ET
China's frequently choking haze is providing an unexpected benefit to racing pigeons in one of the country's most polluted regions, helping the birds to navigate home faster.
19 January 2016, 02:23 PM ET
Creating smoky clouds easily visible from space, the bushfire in Yarloop, Australia was wild and deadly at the beginning of January.
17 January 2016, 11:17 AM ET
In the northwestern part of New Mexico, a natural outcropping of sandstone known as El Morro has produced a spectacular landmark in this cold, high desert region.
15 January 2016, 09:23 PM ET
Cereals are not just for breakfast — and with grain yields falling, expect to feel the impact.
15 January 2016, 07:02 PM ET
Hurricane Alex marks the first time a hurricane has formed in the Atlantic in the month of January since 1938, and a NASA satellite got a gorgeous look at the menacing storm.
15 January 2016, 12:38 PM ET
NASA is about to get up close and personal with Earth's corals: The space agency will use airplanes and water instruments to survey these delicate structures and capture the most detailed views ever of the planet's corals.
14 January 2016, 02:29 PM ET
A large lake and a gaping rift about as deep as the Grand Canyon but way longer may be lurking undetected beneath East Antarctica.
14 January 2016, 01:37 PM ET
The NOAA GOES-East satellite captured Hurricane Alex forming in the Atlantic Ocean from Jan 10th-14th, 2016. Atlantic hurricanes very rarely develop during winter months.
13 January 2016, 12:35 PM ET
Curbing climate change will protect the planet and help the green economy prosper, President Barack Obama said in the State of the Union last night (Jan. 12) in Washington, D.C.
13 January 2016, 11:09 AM ET
Strange barren circles near the Grand Canyon and visible from above are probably the work of tiny insects.
13 January 2016, 07:28 AM ET
Sometime in the past 8,000 years, a meteor may have hit the Indian Ocean, triggering a monster tsunami that struck Africa, a new study suggests.
12 January 2016, 09:16 PM ET
Hurricane Pali is the earliest ever recorded hurricane in the Central Pacific, a rare winter tropical cyclone that benefited from a strong El Niño.
12 January 2016, 11:40 AM ET
During the Ediacaran period, about 635 million to 541 million years ago, oxygen was sparse, the oceans were murky and marine organisms ate by absorbing nutrients floating around in the water.
08 January 2016, 08:40 PM ET
Scientists find a layer of plastics, radiation and soot embedded in the planet's surface, defining a new Anthropocene epoch
08 January 2016, 12:04 PM ET
When a greenish fireball streaked above the Australian Outback in November, meteorite researchers went searching for the space rock that caused this cosmic display. This week they announced they had found the ancient meteorite.
08 January 2016, 10:46 AM ET
Cretaceous flower seeds, recently discovered by scientists, represent the oldest known seeds of flowering plants, dating back 110 to 125 million years.
08 January 2016, 07:51 AM ET
For the first time in more than 140 years, humans have laid eyes on doomed ships from the infamous Whaling Disaster of 1871. Here are photos of the shipwrecks that got stuck in Alaskan pack ice.
07 January 2016, 04:21 PM ET
05 January 2016, 12:59 PM ET
A glancing blow from the polar vortex will direct cold air southward and could raise the chance of snow in the central and eastern United States toward the middle of January.
04 January 2016, 02:51 PM ET
An earthquake originating in the mantle reflects the complex transitional geology in India's Manipur state.
02 January 2016, 10:00 AM ET
Sometimes, looking at satellite images of planet Earth is a bit like playing hidden pictures.
31 December 2015, 12:18 PM ET
December has been crazy warm across the East, leading to 10,000 daily heat records compared to 500 cold ones.
30 December 2015, 05:08 PM ET
Methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is dangerous to humans, is spewing from an underground storage facility in Southern California.
29 December 2015, 02:19 PM ET
The mysterious disappearance of electrons in the atmosphere could be caused by meteors burning up in the sky, new research suggests.
29 December 2015, 10:08 AM ET
Seismic equipment installed in Iraq to detect earthquakes recorded plenty of other big bangs — explosions from nearby mortars and car bombs.
28 December 2015, 07:02 PM ET
From record heat to the Pope's climate push to Paris, these are the climate stories that shaped 2015.
28 December 2015, 06:00 PM ET
In July there was a large "A" written in the sky over the ocean near the Kamchatka Peninsula, in eastern Russia. In an image of this "A" snapped from space, the letter looks like it could have been made by an airplane that was using standard skywriting.
28 December 2015, 01:13 PM ET
Ancient hominins may have harnessed fire from nearby lava flows to cook food, keep warm and evolve bigger and smarter brains, new research proposes.
28 December 2015, 09:13 AM ET
Deep in the Caribbean Sea, researchers have discovered a new type of hydrothermal vent unlike any seen before, with huge, ghostly mounds formed from an ingredient common in baby powder.
28 December 2015, 09:05 AM ET
More than 300,000 sea turtles were likely in the the Gulf of Mexico area affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The turtles' far-flung journeys suggest the spill's impact reaches far and wide.
24 December 2015, 12:15 AM ET
Global warming isn't a game, but gameplay might giving people a firm grasp of the risks.