Planet Earth

All stories having to do with the Earth as a planet, including geology, atmospheric science, and oceanography

Feb 8, 2011
The 2010 earthquake may be the best-studied large earthquake ever
Feb 3, 2011
"[S]atellite photos reveal spectacular photos of the massive winter storm blasting across the United States"
Feb 2, 2011
"A flotilla of NASA space probes has tracked the origin of the energetic particles in Earth's magnetic atmosphere, finding they gain extra energy far from the "substorms" that spawn them."
Feb 2, 2011
"The current winter storm system blasting much of the United States is depicted in this new NASA satellite image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite."
Jan 16, 2011
"Amazing photos from space were captured by Earth orbiting satellites from NASA and ESA."
Jan 13, 2011
"In sediment traces and fossil records from one of Earth's most tumultuous periods, geologists have found a narrative linking mass extinctions with planetary biological and geological change."
Jan 12, 2011
"At any given moment, about 1800 thunderstorms are in progress somewhere around the globe. New observations by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope show that many of these thunderstorms make antimatter."
Jan 11, 2011
"[F]or the past few years physicists have begun to realize that thunderstorms can generate very-high-energy gamma rays -- 100 MeV being the highest seen so far. Now, researchers have discovered that these gamma rays are creating beams of positrons (the antimatter version of electrons) and hurling them into space!"
Jan 9, 2011
"Considered a mystery for many years, punch hole clouds appear on rare occasions all over the world, sometimes attracting widespread attention"