A model for how river networks take shape, such as in the Appalachians, could help improve understanding of how landscapes change through time.
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A crushing dive into the ocean's darkest realms has revealed surprising differences among the marine life that populates the Pacific Ocean's deepest depths.
Images from a dive into the South Pacific's New Hebrides trench, which discovered marine creatures including cusk eels and bright red prawns.
The world's biggest wind-driven ocean current carries 20 percent more water than previously thought, scientists announced this week.
Researchers recently discovered a new crystal defect in olivine that helps explain how the mantle drives plate tectonics.
California springtime usually means spectacular fiery displays of flowers and flowing waterfalls, but this year's drought is putting a damper on the state's natural wonders.
For reptiles and amphibians, southern Peru's Manu National Park is the most diverse protected area on the planet.
By zapping single atoms of lead in a tiny zircon crystal from Australia, researchers have confirmed the crystal is the oldest rock fragment ever found on Earth — 4.4 billion years old.
The giant magma blob beneath Yellowstone National Park unleashed tons of ancient helium gas as it torched North America.
The northern lights spilled over into New England last night, courtesy of an eruption on the sun that supercharged a geomagnetic storm.
Strike that iconic image of a tall, snow-capped volcano sitting atop a liquid pool of hot, molten magma. It turns out that most volcanoes prefer cold storage, a new study suggests.
A powerful eruption yesterday (Feb. 13) at Indonesia's Mount Kelud volcano, in eastern Java, hurled ash nine miles (15 kilometers) into the sky, grounding air travel.
A treasure trove of Cambrian fossils chiseled out of a canyon in Canada's Kootenay National Park rivals the famed Burgess Shale, the best record of early life on Earth, scientists say.
Extraordinary fossils from Canada's Marble Canyon rival the Burgess Shale because they preserve soft parts of Cambrian animals in exceptional detail.
The beautiful begonia can be found in a wide array of sizes and colors, gracing gardens, brightening living rooms and even flavoring foods.
Researchers think they've finally solved the mystery of the Atacama Desert's massive nitrate deposits, known as white gold.