Geophysics is the study of the forces that shape the Earth from a global perspective. Learn about gravity, plate tectonics and other topics.
Water is one of the most abundant substances on the planet. About 70 percent of our planet is covered by oceans, but just how much water is there on Earth?
The stratosphere is the second-lowest level in Earth's atmosphere. It's a bastion of ozone gas and rapid winds, where clouds are scarce, but life endures.
Since its discovery in 1870, the Wyoming cone geyser Old Faithful has wowed spectators with its predictable eruptions, but its eruptions are not quite as predictable or prodigious as they once were.
Ice volcanoes form when it's freezing cold outside and choppy water is forced to erupt through a hole in the ice around a body of water, cascading down into the classic shape of a volcano.
You've probably heard of the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, but do you know the difference?
You've probably heard of the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, but do you know the difference?
The Arctic Circle is a region marked by frigid temperatures, strange sunlight and glaciers galore. And for hundreds of thousands of people, it's also home sweet home.
The world has only had time zones since the late 1800s. Some people think we should eliminate them and have just one universal time instead.
Each year, Earth sees two equinoxes and two solstices. But how much do you actually know about these events? Take the quiz and find out!
Water surrounds us, falling from the sky and pouring from faucets, and yet many of us never ask where it comes from. The answer stretches way back — before tides and thunderclouds to the big bang.
The spring, or vernal, equinox traditionally marks the first day of spring — but climate scientists use a different date altogether. Find out more about this and other facts about the spring equniox.
The Ancient Earth visualization map shows the movement of the planet's tectonic plates in a really cool way.
Sastrugi are gorgeous snow formations found in the polar north, but they're also no fun to travel over.
Prior to the mid-1990s, the magnetic north pole traveled at speeds of around 9 miles per year. Now, it's 34 miles annually. What accounts for the acceleration?
Lakes seem like serene places to escape and enjoy peace and quiet. So you'd probably be surprised to learn that a lake can actually explode without warning. It's happened, with deadly consequences.
Stratospheric Aerosol Injection (SAI) is a controversial possibility in the effort to slow the rate of climate change.
A bubbling mud pool is moving toward the San Andreas Fault, but scientists don't see evidence of an impending earthquake.
The oceans' levels change daily across the globe. We know them as tidal changes. But what causes this constant shift in sea level and why is it more dramatic is some places than others?
June 20 marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. There's even a midnight baseball game in Alaska to celebrate the 24 hours of sunlight.
The Great Lakes are named so for several reasons, including shipwreck preservation, fresh water and even birdwatching.
Fog and mist are similar scientifically. But what makes them different?
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds before midnight. What bumped up the time again this year?
Scientists from The Ohio State University have drilled longest ice core from outside the poles.
For centuries, ancient cultures celebrated the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, as the "day the sun came back." Here are 5 enlightening facts about the winter solstice.
The autumnal equinox is the day Earth is perfectly angled to the sun, so the day and night are of equal length. Well, almost.