Wild winds stirring up choppy waves behind the Canary Islands grabbed the top spot in NASA's annual Tournament Earth photo competition.
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Brittlebush is a common desert plant in the American Southwest. These medium-sized shrubs add a splash of yellow color to the dry, arid landscapes.
A new model seeks to explain why Earth's plate tectonics is unique among the sun's rocky planets. It all comes down to tiny minerals in rocks.
By measuring the amount of red and green in paintings, researchers have estimated past aerosol pollution levels.
A new picture has emerged of the rise of oxygen on Earth. A growing body of data suggests the earliest photosynthesis evolved 600 million years before the Great Oxidation Event.
The fracture that caused the March 17 Los Angeles earthquake was not on a significant fault and is unlikely to be a new source of major earthquakes.
Hekla volcano, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, could be close to erupting, a University of Iceland geoscientist claims.
A battered diamond that survived a trip from "hell" confirms a long-held theory: Earth's mantle holds an ocean's worth of water.
A new model helps explain why the Sahara settled east of the Atlantic instead of sailing off with South America — it's all about the angles.
Like an ice age radiator, heat from volcanoes helped Antarctica's plants and bugs survive Earth's glacial periods.
Geoscientists are pioneering a new way to make sense of past ice ages — with volcanoes that erupted through ancient ice sheets.
Researchers are studying how lava changes when it flows on ice. The different patterns can be used to hunt for now-disappeared glaciers from past ice ages.
A bevy of satellites have caught a bird's-eye view of Guatemala's Pacaya volcano since the peak erupted on March 2.
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