Seismic shockwaves after a meteorite’s collision could affect systems all over the planet.
Research suggests a new threat to life on Earth from the meteorite's crash: Via seismic waves, the impact triggered massive undersea eruptions, as big as any ever seen in our planet's history.
Fires break out across San Francisco after the April 18, 1906 earthquake.
According to current forecasts, California has a 93 percent chance of an earthquake with magnitude 7 or greater occurring by 2045. Early warning systems, now in development, could limit casualties and damage.
A new study has found a way to predict eruptions at Mount Etna within two weeks.
Searching for victims after a rain-triggered mudslide that blanketed a village and killed at least 178 people in north China’s Shanxi province, Sept. 13, 2008.
AP Photo/Andy Wong
While the Montecito, California mudslides took 20 lives, landslides kill far more people in developing countries. Tighter construction standards and early warning systems could help reduce their toll.
Just a burp, or indication of coming disaster?
AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati
How do scientists predict volcanic eruptions? To do so with accuracy, they need to know the individual volcano and its history very well.
Average carbon dioxide concentrations, Oct. 1 -
Nov. 11, 2014, measured by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite.
Why use satellites to study Earth's climate? Researchers leading a new mission explain how images from space will help them analyze which parts of the Americas soak up the most carbon.
Artist’s impression of waterfalls pouring over the original land bridge connecting England with France.
CREDIT: Imperial College London/Chase Stone
Almost half a million years ago a huge flood started breaking the apart the land bridge that joined England and France.
NASA Earth Science Division operating missions, including systems managed by NOAA and USGS.
NASA Earth Observing System
President Trump's 2018 budget request cuts funding for NASA Earth observation research and cancels four missions. Weather forecasters, businesses, scientists and the armed forces rely on this data.
You can only truly understand the weather by flying above the clouds.
Far from being "politicised science", as a Trump advisor has claimed, NASA's satellite monitoring has been a crucial help in understanding the planet we live on.
New research suggests how asteroids may have helped create conditions for life on Earth. But we shouldn't get too carried away with the idea – yet.
Amatrice’s clock tower has survived quakes across the centuries.
Amatrice's still-standing ancient clocktower has become an iconic image from last week's deadly earthquake. But it is not the only unusual survivor.
Hot spot for much-needed research.
The House proposes slashing funding for earth science from NASA's budget, yet this science is critical to understanding – and coping with – the dramatic effects of a warming Arctic around the world.
What can what’s on the moon tell us about our home planet?
The moon might harbor bits of the Earth that blasted off our planet billions of years ago. These lunar time capsules could hold secrets about conditions here at home back when life was first emerging.
One of the stalagmites used in this study. The blue-green fluorescence is due to the light from the camera flash.
Stalagmites in Scottish preserve 3,000 years of climate history, suggesting human migration is linked to wet and dry periods.
Artist’s concept of the moon-forming collision.
New experiments show that the asteroids that slammed into Earth and the moon more than 4 billion years ago were vaporised into a mist of iron. The findings, published in Nature Geoscience, suggest that…
Spotting ancient volcanoes of Britain.
University of Bristol
A British volcanologist has won one of the most prestigious awards in science – the Vetlesen Prize, which is considered to be the earth sciences equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Stephen Sparks of the University…
Chikyu: a drillship more interested in crust than oil.
Ten years on from the devastating Boxing Day earthquake and tsunami, our understanding of very large earthquakes has grown enormously. From satellites monitoring changes on the Earth’s surface to drilling…
Over time, Earth’s plates went from static to dynamic.
Plate tectonics – the large-scale movement of Earth’s lithosphere or outer layers – started around three billion years ago, but how those movements started was a bit of a mystery – until today. With colleagues…
We live in a ‘wide brown land’ – but we need to figure out how to use it sustainably.
AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, we’re asking how each science discipline will contribute to Australia…
The analysis of microscopic zircon crystals from Western Australia’s Jack Hills region has strengthened the theory of a “cool…