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A new deep-learning approach to predict earthquake shaking could lead to better warnings of where and when shaking will occur.
A new subduction zone south of New Zealand formed when tectonic forces brought a segment of weakened continental crust from the submerged continent of Zealandia next to denser oceanic crust.
A giant sequoia tree in California's Sequoia National Park is still smoldering months after devastating wildfires hit the region last summer.
An earthquake of approximately magnitude 9 in 1700 in Cascadia could have instead been three or four slightly smaller, but still devastating, quakes.
Tiny fossils from the northern Highlands of Scotland preserve the oldest evidence of organisms with more than one type of cell.
A survey recently mapped a vast industrial dumping ground in the ocean basin between the Los Angeles coast and Catalina Island.
Earth's continents have been leaking nutrients into the ocean for at least 3.7 billion years, new research suggests.
Glacial melt caused by climate change is redistributing weight on the planet, leading to a shift in Earth's poles as far back as the 1990s.
Iceberg A68, an enormous hunk of ice that broke off Antarctica in 2017, has finally melted away to nothing in the Atlantic.
In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 people. Two days later the rig capsized, and the pipe below began spewing oil.
A new study has measured the number of microplastics in the atmosphere and modeled how the tiny particles get transported around the planet.
Some of the best locations nature has to offer, from an island teeming with dragons to a famous waterfall.
The Japanese government announced plans to dump more than 1 million tons of treated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean, beginning in two years.
A third of Antarctica's vast offshore ice shelves would risk collapse into the ocean if the world warms by 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.
Each year, 5,200 tons of space dust fall to Earth, far outweighing larger meteorites that hit the planet.