Planet Earth Archive
05 March 2015, 12:46 AM ET
A new 3D camera can capture single snowflakes as they fall, and it's revolutionizing how forecasters predict the impacts of stormy winter weather.
05 March 2015, 12:19 AM ET
You've seen the greeting cards and the (possibly doctored) black and white photographs, but what do snowflakes really look like?
04 March 2015, 10:02 PM ET
Deforestation, the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses, is considered to be a contributing factor to global climate change.
04 March 2015, 03:53 PM ET
The sunken remains of the Japanese battleship Musashi were found in the Sibuyan Sea, off the coast of the Philippines, according to an announcement made this week by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Check out these haunting photos of the shipwreck.
04 March 2015, 12:23 PM ET
More than 70 years after it sank during World War II, the legendary Japanese battleship Musashi has been discovered off the coast of the Philippines by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
04 March 2015, 08:30 AM ET
A small early morning eruption at Chile's Villarrica volcano lit the night sky with a spectacular display glowing ash and sputtering lava.
04 March 2015, 07:44 AM ET
The organ pipe cactus is one of the more spectacular species of cactus found in the Sonoran Desert. Check out these fascinating photos of the organ pipe cactus.
04 March 2015, 07:36 AM ET
Arctic sea ice — the ice that freezes and floats on Arctic waters — is thinning at a steadier and faster rate than researchers previously thought, a new study finds.
03 March 2015, 01:17 PM ET
University of Utah engineer Cale Fallgatter and atmospheric scientist Tim Garrett captured falling snowflakes to improve weather warning and road condition forecasts. But, in the process, they explode an old myth: the symmetrical snowflake.
02 March 2015, 06:36 PM ET
California's severe drought is just a taste of the dry years to come, thanks to global warming, a new study finds.
02 March 2015, 02:53 PM ET
Iceland's biggest volcanic eruption in more than 200 years has ended for now.
02 March 2015, 08:32 AM ET
Geysers erupt, sending steam and hot water hundreds of feet into the air, because of a series of loops and side chambers hidden deep below the surface that allow water to boil first at the top and then cascade downward, a new study suggests.
02 March 2015, 08:26 AM ET
Geysers erupt, sending steam and hot water hundreds of feet into the air, because of a series of loops and side-chambers hidden deep below the surface that allow water to boil first at the top and then cascade downward, suggests a new study. It settles a
28 February 2015, 06:35 PM ET
This is a good question, however I think it’s possibly something of a red herring.
27 February 2015, 06:34 PM ET
This week, ocean explorers mourned the loss of a legend in their field: Eugenie Clark, a marine biologist and authority on sharks.
27 February 2015, 12:07 PM ET
Volcanologist Michael Manga and student Esther Adelstein study geysers in Chile and Yellowstone National Park in order to better understand the system hidden deep below the surface.
27 February 2015, 10:19 AM ET
Mesmerizing and swirling animations of rain and snow dance across a map of the Earth, shown in a video released yesterday (Feb. 26) by NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission.
26 February 2015, 05:35 PM ET
Data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory was converted into 3D imagery of 2 storms over the United States on Feb. 17th and 21st, 2015.
26 February 2015, 04:48 PM ET
Last summer, the discovery of several new giant craters in Siberia drew worldwide interest, launching wild speculation that meteorites, or even aliens, caused the gaping crevasses. And now, scientists have found even more of them.
26 February 2015, 04:47 PM ET
Seven giant craters have mysteriously appeared in northern Siberia, possibly due to methane gas released from melting permafrost. And scientists think may be dozens more.
26 February 2015, 04:33 PM ET
The International Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite can measure global precipitation (rain and snow) every 30 minutes.
26 February 2015, 03:22 PM ET
The Pacific was a planetary air conditioner for the past two decades, but the relief may soon end, a new study finds.
26 February 2015, 12:42 PM ET
If you’re younger than 30, you’ve never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average.
26 February 2015, 11:16 AM ET
Plastic doesn't grow on trees . . . or does it?
25 February 2015, 02:45 PM ET
The climate-changing greenhouse effect exists and has been directly measured in the United States.
24 February 2015, 05:43 PM ET
Stunning ice caves off the coast of Lake Superior may open to visitors this weekend if conditions are right.
24 February 2015, 05:33 PM ET
Stunning ice caves off the coast of Lake Superior may open to visitors this weekend if conditions are right.
24 February 2015, 01:05 PM ET
NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) satellite shows wind blown Saharan dust nourishes plants with phosphorus, which is in limited supply in the Amazon.
24 February 2015, 12:54 PM ET
Mysterious flooding and high tides along the East Coast in 2009 and 2010 now have an explanation: a major change in the Atlantic Ocean's wind patterns and warm-water currents.
20 February 2015, 04:42 PM ET
An Arctic blast sweeping across the East Coast, from Canada south to Florida, left much of the country blanketed in ice and snow this week.
19 February 2015, 04:50 PM ET
As if the outdoors weren't harsh enough with Boston buried under ungodly amounts of snow and the rest of the Northeast unable to shake the bitter cold, more winter weather is on the way. So what's behind this extreme chill?
19 February 2015, 04:27 PM ET
Hot and humid cities can birth more summer thunderstorms than rural areas in the Southeast.
19 February 2015, 05:26 AM ET
A bizarre sheet of clouds embraced the highest peak in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming last week, enchanting even the park's most seasoned visitors.
18 February 2015, 12:32 PM ET
A staggering 292.8 million visitors toured a national park, seashore or historic site in 2014, topping the previous record of 287.2 million visits set in 1987.
18 February 2015, 09:15 AM ET
Scientists found that microbes may have used nitrogen to survive on the ancient Earth, suggesting other planets that may have been habitable for just a short period, such as Mars, may have been able to support life.
18 February 2015, 06:47 AM ET
The radical raindrops travel faster than their terminal velocity, surprising scientists who aren't sure how the droplets are able to fall from the skies so quickly. The finding could mess with rainfall and erosion estimates, the researchers added.