Planet Earth Archive
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.
14 May 2015, 01:37 PM ET
Thanks to Twitter, the chances of spotting the aurora borealis are getting better, a new study reports.
13 May 2015, 04:53 PM ET
A new model from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico reveals the Southern Ocean is a turbulent rush of swirling eddies and currents.
13 May 2015, 01:43 PM ET
A new NASA image, captured by MODIS on the Aqua satellite, reveals clouds cover two-thirds of Earth, with some zones supporting more clouds than others on the planet.
12 May 2015, 07:02 PM ET
The remaining Larsen C ice shelf is melting from more than just toasty air. The Larsen C is also disappearing due to warming in the ocean.
12 May 2015, 03:18 PM ET
The powerful aftershock that struck Nepal today (May 12) could trigger deadly landslides on slopes already weakened by the April 25 earthquake, experts said.
12 May 2015, 08:42 AM ET
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal this morning (May 12), toppling buildings and killing at least a dozen people.
11 May 2015, 03:56 PM ET
Timeworn Antarctica ice suggests a strong link between carbon dioxide levels and glacial cycles for the past million years.
11 May 2015, 07:50 AM ET
A stunning image of more than 15,000 airplane flights around the world shows that satellite tracking of commercial aircraft is moving closer to reality.
08 May 2015, 02:39 PM ET
Subtropical Storm Ana threatens the Carolinas a month before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.
08 May 2015, 10:16 AM ET
Radar waves helped search and rescue teams find and save four people trapped in collapsed buildings after the Nepal earthquake.
07 May 2015, 04:52 PM ET
Facts and information about the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.
06 May 2015, 09:43 PM ET
A subduction zone is a collision between two of Earth's tectonic plates, where one plate sinks into the mantle underneath the other plate.
06 May 2015, 04:24 PM ET
Global carbon dioxide levels have now officially reached the 400 ppm level, a first for the planet.
06 May 2015, 11:01 AM ET
During the rainy fall and winter, most Oregonians probably don't give much thought to Lost Lake, a shallow 85-acre (0.34 square kilometers) lake surrounded by pine trees that sits near a highway.
06 May 2015, 07:09 AM ET
For the first time, scientists have imaged thunder, shedding light on the physical processes that create it.
05 May 2015, 04:59 PM ET
Forest Service anticipates spending up to $1.6 billion fighting a fire season that could be worse than normal.
05 May 2015, 04:40 PM ET
The nation's capital sits on shaky ground that jiggles like pudding when earthquakes rattle the East Coast.
05 May 2015, 03:37 PM ET
Researchers looking to capture the acoustic signature of thunder had to make their own lighting.
05 May 2015, 01:31 PM ET
From bagging a comet to filtering water on Mars, scientists are working on a number of crazy solutions to the world's coming water crisis.
05 May 2015, 10:40 AM ET
The Chicxulub meteor impact 66 million years ago may have triggered a magnitude-11 earthquake that shook loose massive amounts of lava in India.
05 May 2015, 01:17 AM ET
Nepal is a narrow, landlocked country directly north of India and below China. Located where two tectonic plates meet, it the area is prone to earthquakes.
04 May 2015, 07:18 PM ET
Prized by American Indians for their bows and American colonists for their timbers, the black locust is the tree that built the United States.
04 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
When disasters like the Nepal earthquake strike, seemingly out of the blue, one can’t help but feel anguish at the mismatch between the capacity of human memory and the tenacity of denial.
04 May 2015, 01:25 PM ET
Two super-fast conveyor belts of sinking crust explain why India set a continental speed record as it crashed into Eurasia.
04 May 2015, 07:13 AM ET
In a stroke of luck, no major hurricanes rated Category 3 or higher have struck U.S. soil during the past nine years, a new study finds.
02 May 2015, 07:12 AM ET
A stark black disc haloed by streaks of light — a team of scientists captured this image of a total solar eclipse over the Arctic in March.
01 May 2015, 04:54 PM ET
An underwater volcano off the West Coast of North America is showing telltale signs of an eruption, just as scientists had predicted. Motions of the seafloor, accompanied by a series of earthquakes, suggest a large amount of magma was released from the vo
01 May 2015, 03:16 PM ET
An underwater volcano off the coast of Oregon has risen from its slumber and may be spewing out lava about a mile beneath the sea.
01 May 2015, 03:03 PM ET
The sound was recorded by a UNC Chapel Hill payload aboard a high altitude balloon. The balloon was commissioned by Louisiana State University's High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) program and flew to an altitude of ~22 miles in 2014.