Planet Earth Archive
05 October 2015, 03:32 PM ET
Historic levels of rain drenched South Carolina over the weekend, the result of a cool, wet front that swept down the coast.
05 October 2015, 07:46 AM ET
Southwest of Moab, Utah, is an area of the American Southwest that is truly a showcase of geology. Check out these stunning images of one of the most geologically and biologically rich environments in North America.
02 October 2015, 10:35 PM ET
A remarkably detailed visualization of last year’s Hurricane Odile is helping scientists better understand major storms. NCAR employed the kind of 3D software used in Hollywood movies.
02 October 2015, 03:14 PM ET
The 300-foot tsunami, which was triggered by a volcanic collapse, engulfed an island off the west coast of Africa some 730,000 years ago. The finding suggests similar disasters might pose a major hazard for people living on islands and coasts.
02 October 2015, 02:10 PM ET
Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm that is currently battering the central Bahamas, appears to be replacing its eye, according to weather forecasters.
02 October 2015, 10:17 AM ET
The storm, which was upgraded to Category 4 on Oct. 1st, 2015, was captured by the NOAA Goes-East satellite. Images from September 29th to October 1st have been compiled and looped.
01 October 2015, 04:47 PM ET
Forecasters are split on how badly Hurricane Joaquin will batter the East Coast, largely because it is surrounded by other weather patterns that are unpredictable.
30 September 2015, 05:48 AM ET
The king crab could soon take over a whole new kingdom, and it has global warming to thank for the conquest.
29 September 2015, 04:02 PM ET
For tens of millions of years the Bathyal King Crabs have steered clear of the freezing Antarctic waters. Today, with waters around the frozen continent warmer than ever previously recorded...
29 September 2015, 11:38 AM ET
Scientists recently announced they had discovered flowing water on Mars, boosting the odds of extraterrestrial life, but why is water so essential to life in the first place?
28 September 2015, 06:53 AM ET
The crackling, raging wildfires that are roasting the Western states could have some odd effects beyond destroying homes and wiping out towering trees.
25 September 2015, 03:34 PM ET
China announced the world's largest cap and trade program on Friday, in a step toward tackling climate change.
25 September 2015, 01:13 PM ET
The origin of life is still an unsolved riddle. How were life's building blocks first assembled?
25 September 2015, 11:48 AM ET
California's drought is not only fueling more frequent and voracious wildfires, but also making it more difficult for firefighters to get the water they need to douse flames, experts say.
24 September 2015, 01:31 PM ET
The snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada mountains is the lowest in centuries, which isn't good news for the drought in the region now or in the future.
24 September 2015, 01:25 PM ET
Here are some photos of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains and the surrounding region.
24 September 2015, 12:43 PM ET
A steady hand and a long lens capture a jet and its contrails cutting across a beautiful blue channel by Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas.
24 September 2015, 12:36 PM ET
The ongoing civil war in Syria has led to the first-ever withdrawal from the Svalbard "doomsday" Global Seed Vault.
24 September 2015, 10:54 AM ET
Pope Francis did the world a service with his encyclical addressing climate change, but he failed to address population growth, scientists say.
23 September 2015, 03:02 PM ET
Say goodbye to summer, because today is the autumnal equinox, which marks the first day of the fall season. It's also the beginning of some not-so-fun hazardous weather.
22 September 2015, 01:45 PM ET
The United States is sending more than twice as much solid waste into its landfills as previously thought, a new study finds.
21 September 2015, 08:50 AM ET
Even plants and animals like to leave a good impression.
19 September 2015, 08:38 AM ET
Into each life, some fall must reign.
18 September 2015, 03:04 PM ET
A spectacular rock arch in Utah is safe from collapse for now, according to a study that used a new technique to listen to the arch's natural "hum" to measure its internal health.
18 September 2015, 02:47 PM ET
Researchers recently visited two parks in Utah to monitor the health of some of the state's iconic natural arches.
17 September 2015, 04:23 PM ET
If human-caused climate change continues unabated our world could change dramatically. A new visualization was created by the National Center for Atmospheric Research that shows the ice loss if current temperature trends continue.
17 September 2015, 02:16 PM ET
There's a 97 percent chance the planet is going to have its hottest year on record.
16 September 2015, 06:52 AM ET
The Arctic ice pack has hit its annual minimum, securing 2015's dubious record as one of the least icy since satellite observations began, NASA announced.
15 September 2015, 04:33 PM ET
An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by Safety Security Rescue Research Center (SSRRC) team members captured this image of devastation in Pearlington, Miss., during a search for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
15 September 2015, 04:12 PM ET
A dramatic photograph of a starving polar bear went viral online, but scientists say it's a stretch to definitively link polar-bear starvation to climate change.
15 September 2015, 11:06 AM ET
Scientists revive an ancient giant virus from the Siberian permafrost — a discovery with the potential to elucidate the origin of life.
14 September 2015, 04:02 PM ET
A giant superchain of volcanoes in Australia may be the largest string of continental volcanoes on Earth, new research suggests.
14 September 2015, 12:32 PM ET
Drought-fueled wildfires over the weekend destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least one person.
14 September 2015, 07:39 AM ET
Maybe you've seen a double rainbow, but what about a double meteor strike?
11 September 2015, 02:06 PM ET
Burning all the fossil fuels on Earth would trigger enough global warming to completely melt the Antarctic ice sheet, raising sea levels by 200 feet (60 meters), and drowning major cities that are home to more than a billion people, the researchers said.
09 September 2015, 08:39 AM ET
The Middle East is known to experience dust storms, but new satellite images captured dramatic aerial views of a dust storm that recently blanketed and rolled across Iran, Iraq and the Persian Gulf.