Geologic Processes

Geological processes have helped to create many iconic features on Earth. Processes, such as plate tectonics, are what shapes the face of the Earth. Here you can discover the power of geological processes.


How Rain and Snow Could Play a Role in Triggering Earthquakes

Scientists have found that snow and rain trigger earthquakes. Could their study help predict the Big One?

Scientists Crack Another Mystery Behind Blood Falls

Antarctica's Blood Falls looks like a geological horror scene. For decades, scientists weren't sure why. Until now.

How England Broke off From Mainland Europe 450,000 Years Ago

Talk about a Brexit! Scientists have clues to catastrophic flooding that destroyed a land bridge that once connected England and France.

Arctic World Archive Puts Data on Ice for 1,000 Years

You might be in trouble when the end of the world is near, but at least your data won't be.

Hot or Not: What Makes Some Places Naturally High in Radioactivity

Surprisingly, living in a city with a high level of natural radiation doesn't have any ill effects.

Changing Climate Taking Its Toll on Colorado River Flow

The American West may seem rugged, but it's a fragile environment. 21st-century flow levels for the Colorado are down 19 percent from 20th-century averages.

World's Largest Tropical Peatland Identified in Remote Congo Swamps

The Cuvette Centrale peatlands hold astounding amounts of carbon scientists had never fully mapped. The new discovery emphasizes a need for protection.

World War II Relics Still Haunt Pacific Waters

Decades after the massive conflict, reminders of battles linger in pristine Pacific waters.

Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting From the Inside Out, Which Is Not a Good Thing

Recent icebergs and unexpected glacial rifts are indicating that something troubling is going on beneath the ice.

Do People Still Die in Quicksand?

Science has determined that disappearing completely into quicksand isn't possible — but that doesn't mean that getting stuck still won't kill you.