Geophysics is the study of the forces that shape the Earth from a global perspective. Learn about gravity, plate tectonics and other topics.
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 21 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 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 we've gathered for your astronomical pleasure.
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 ahead 30 seconds to two minutes 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.
The Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world, but it's gradually shrinking thanks to a changing climate.
The circle is only 5,000 miles wide.
Salt used in the winter to deice roadways is having an impact on hundreds of lakes across the region.
The unique, annual sea ice phenomenon is created when pure, salt-free river water hits cold, saline seawater near the beaches of Hokkaido.
The formidable gusher could stop flowing for a few months in 2019 in order to repair some bridges in dire need.
The JOIDES Resolution expedition launched in early December to drill into the Earth's mantle under the Indian Ocean and gain new geological and biological knowledge.
We argue that living well requires wine and cheese, but what does living at all require? You might be surprised to find out that there's no single definition.
Have you ever read "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and wondered if it were possible to do it? Well, scientists are in the process of giving it their best shot. How hard is it to dig a hole this deep, and what might they find?
You may have noticed that our planet isn't terribly predictable. Could a German polymath and an unfathomable pile of data change that?
Famine might bring to mind historical tragedies or modern media coverage of tiny children with swollen bellies. But how does the unimaginable -- a widespread loss of food -- actually happen?
Of course you know what gravity is. It's the force behind Wile E. Coyote plummeting off the face of a cliff and you stumbling spastically in front of your crush. But did you know it can bend light and help us detect hidden cosmic phenomena, too?