Meteor impacts are an inevitable part of being a rocky planet in space. The craters they leave behind are a window into the tumultuous history of Earth.
A puzzle over the identity of an extinct bird that laid eggs across Australia has been solved.
Starting at the surface, you would have to dig nearly 2,000 miles before reaching the Earth’s core. No one could survive that trip – and the 10,000-degree F heat once there would vaporize you anyway.
It’s been 200 years since the discovery of one of the oldest human burial sites in western Europe on the Gower peninsula in south Wales.
Earthquakes originating underneath the ocean are often accompanied by tsunami warnings. Here’s what determines the tsunami risk.
When mud, fluids and gases erupt at the Earth’s surface, they hint at what’s happening underground, allowing scientists to build a more comprehensive 3D view of what’s going on inside our planet.
Scientists used satellites to map tens of thousands of glacial landforms in Antarctica’s highest mountains.
Could tectonic processes in the early Earth have contributed to the rise of oxygen?
A look back at hurricane history suggests we may be significantly underestimating future risks.
The Java quake was so devastating in part because it occurred so close to the surface.
A team of scientists have found a surprising amount of water ice on Mars.
Sophisticated equipment on the Perseverance rover is helping answer some of the many questions researchers have about Mars’ geology over time.
The United States Geological Survey has a vast collection of satellite images capturing breathtaking geological features of our planet. As a geologist, I’ve picked eight of the most fascinating.
Scientists have uncovered the long-term history of our receding moon. And it’s not from studying the moon itself, but from reading signals in ancient layers of rock on Earth.
Our prospects of a better, fairer future are inextricably linked with the minerals and metals beneath our feet. Is it time to make peace with the industry that extracts them?
Earth has liquid rock inside. Here’s what happens to that rock to make lava happen.
In an extraterrestrial first, scientists have linked seismic waves on Mars to meteorite impact craters spotted via satellite.
Southern Australia’s Nullarbor Plain is offering up evidence of Earth’s past landscapes and ecosystems, exceptionally preserved for millions of years.
There’s a curious 200-million-year rhythm to Earth’s crust production. Now, it seems like our very place in the galaxy is tied to it.
Giant meteorite impacts may have created the land we live on