Planet Earth Archive
27 June 2014, 02:39 PM ET
The twisting and turning San Andreas Fault is reveals Nature's power and beauty, as it's the result of colliding tectonic plates. The geological forces have created some mystical sights to behold.
27 June 2014, 02:32 PM ET
Do you know what to do if a storm hits this hurricane season?
27 June 2014, 10:31 AM ET
Three new volcanoes were discovered in Australia using satellite images and NASA topography maps.
27 June 2014, 08:31 AM ET
A strange meteorite from Sweden is a new kind of space rock never before seen on Earth, a study reports. The baseball-sized gray blob could be the long-sought "other half" of an asteroid belt collision 470 million years ago.
26 June 2014, 05:53 PM ET
Scientists have unearthed evidence for the oldest animal-built reef in the world, which was built by an ancient filter feeder called Cloudina some 550 million years ago.
26 June 2014, 04:15 PM ET
A new report that graded the water quality of beaches across the United States found that 10 percent of the country's shores are contaminated or polluted. The report also identified 35 "superstar" beaches and 17 "repeat offenders."
26 June 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A dramatic slowdown in deep ocean currents matches a major reset in Earth's ice ages about 1 million years ago, new evidence from the South Atlantic seafloor suggests.
26 June 2014, 01:12 PM ET
Now that summer is here, a trip to the beach should bring familiar smells: seawater, sunscreen and, depending where you live, sewage. One in ten recreational beaches in the United States isn't fit for swimming, according to a new report.
26 June 2014, 03:07 AM ET
Even in a town with a building built literally from coal, energy alternatives are emerging.
25 June 2014, 05:00 PM ET
When the time comes to shed their skin, certain beetle larvae in Greece scout out a sleeping snail, break into its shell, eat the victim alive and squat in its home for days.
25 June 2014, 04:41 PM ET
Chances are you've tried to hide a runny nose and cough when you're sick at the office or around family members, and a new study finds animals do something similar.
25 June 2014, 01:43 PM ET
Bright shocks of blue in the Utah desert are mining evaporation ponds, dyed the brilliant color to promote the absorption of sunlight. The mines produce potash, an ingredient in fertilizer.
25 June 2014, 09:34 AM ET
Six rare kittens were recently born at a Scottish zoo, and hidden cameras caught the creatures' first steps outside their nest box.
24 June 2014, 11:17 PM ET
A new report by the Risky Business Project quantifies the impacts of climate change on the U.S. economy.
24 June 2014, 09:18 PM ET
Matter is the “stuff” of the universe. There are five known phases, or states, of matter: solids, liquids, gases, plasma and Bose-Einstein condensates.
24 June 2014, 04:07 PM ET
The way snow dances around wind turbines is shedding light on mysteries of how air turbulence behaves, a new study reveals. The research could help improve the efficiency and reliability of wind turbines, scientists say.
24 June 2014, 02:25 PM ET
A new image of the San Quintín glacier of Chile shows less ice than in previous years. Like many glaciers in the Andes, this river of ice is retreating rapidly.
24 June 2014, 01:18 PM ET
School hallways provided scant protection during the 2013 EF5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Now, state and school officials are trying to make schools safer places to be during extreme weather.
24 June 2014, 01:50 AM ET
We wait in anticipation of droughts and floods when El Niño and La Niña are forecast but what are these climatic events?
23 June 2014, 07:32 PM ET
Mysterious stone spheres in Costa Rica and white chalk cliffs in Denmark are among the newest World Heritage Sites designated by UNESCO. The sites are chosen for their universal value and natural and historical importance.
23 June 2014, 07:23 PM ET
The World Heritage Committee announced new sites on June 23, 2014, including one full of mysterious stone spheres, remnants of a medieval Eurasian city, a wildlife sanctuary and a site holding evidence of the space rock that doomed the dinosaurs.
23 June 2014, 06:15 PM ET
A strong magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck Alaska's Aleutian Islands this afternoon (June 23).
23 June 2014, 02:36 PM ET
An aggressive type of trap-jaw ant with a mighty bite is gaining ground in the U.S. southeast, new research finds. The species, Odontomachus haematodus, is native to South America, but it seems to have spread recently along the Gulf Coast unnoticed.
23 June 2014, 02:35 PM ET
May was the warmest month ever measured on Earth since the 1880s, when cowboys battled in Wild West shootouts and the State of Liberty was built.
23 June 2014, 12:59 PM ET
City lights, the aurora, the moon and a beautiful blue glow from the atmosphere create a gorgeous show in a new astronaut photograph of Russia.
23 June 2014, 11:18 AM ET
Borneo's big muddy rivers, warm shaggy jungles, monsoonal rains, time and isolation have all made it evolution's wonderland. Take a tour of one of the richest places on Earth.
23 June 2014, 09:11 AM ET
The large mima mounds in Washington are most often thought to be the work of pocket gophers, but these animals may, in fact, be innocent. Now scientists have a new explanation for the mysterious vegetation-topped mounds.
23 June 2014, 08:49 AM ET
These evenly spaced clumps of vegetation-topped mounds dot the landscapes of every continent except Antarctica. Scientists have long puzzled over what forms the mounds, pointing to everything from termites and gophers to vegetation patterning.
22 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Frightful floods, freezes and heat waves favor certain parts of the Northern Hemisphere, thanks to strong atmospheric currents that repeatedly steer extreme weather to the same places, a new study finds.
21 June 2014, 09:02 AM ET
The night sky never looked so inviting. From light rays framing the Big Dipper above the Alps to the eerily stunning aurora hovering atop Norway, the winners of a dark skies photo contest delight with their upward gazes.
20 June 2014, 07:08 PM ET
Stunning images of the night sky from around the world show everything from swirling green auroras and star trails to the bulging Milky Way galaxy and the Big Dipper constellation.
20 June 2014, 05:43 PM ET
The summer solstice will occur Saturday (June 21), marking the official start of summer.