We may never know exactly when the next big quake will hit – but we can have a pretty good idea of the odds.
In a domino effect, earthquakes can cause others to strike: replicas, but also more distant ones.
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.
A scientist who led one of the first projects to map the Hawaiian Islands’ deep volcanic plumbing explains what’s going on under the surface as Mauna Loa erupts.
Could tectonic processes in the early Earth have contributed to the rise of oxygen?
Giant meteorite impacts may have created the land we live on
Oral histories talk about a major tectonic event 250 years ago, which changed the course of a river flowing through Lae today.
Ancient blobs deep inside the Earth gather together and break apart like continents, according to new research.
Why we are predicting the mountains of the far future, and what it can tell us about the world today.
Dating of rocks that once formed some of the world’s first beaches suggests the first large continents grew large enough to rise above sea level roughly 3 billion or so years ago.
Using geology and AI, a virtual model of how the Earth’s tectonic plates have evolved can help reveal deposits of copper.
Researchers used decades-old radar data and found that some low-lying areas of Venus’ crust are moving and jostling. This evidence is some of the strongest yet of tectonic activity on Venus.
The rocks provide rare evidence of a time when Earth’s surface was a deep sea of incandescent magma.
The presence of water on the Earth’s surface is the result of a subtle balance between different mechanisms in the atmosphere and below the surface.
Earth’s magnetic field locks information into lava as it cools into rock. Millions of years later, scientists can decipher this magnetic data to build geologic timelines and maps.
A big dip in the Earth’s crust may record an ancient continental collision from the dawn of plate tectonics.
Born on July 30, 1920, geologist and cartographer Tharp changed scientific thinking about what lay at the bottom of the ocean – not a featureless flat, but rugged and varied terrain.
How the earliest continents formed has been a matter of debate. Analysis of zircons in Canada and Australia suggest that those historical processes are similar to current tectonic movements.
New research has found that the continents ended up where they are today because of previous plate tectonic processes that controlled how Pangaea broke apart.
Puerto Rico’s January earthquakes came after many foreshocks and have been followed by numerous aftershocks. Scientists are studying these sequences to improve earthquake forecasting.