Two hundred years ago, a series of powerful temblors devastated what is now Missouri. Could it happen again?
December 2011 | By Elizabeth Rusch
A trip to Texas shows the unexpected consequences of a severe drought
November 15, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
There are signs when severe weather approaches, but are we paying enough attention?
October 17, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
These accumulations of sand aren't permanent but are home to whole communities
August 30, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Flood debris may circulate in ocean gyres for years
August 29, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
There are satellites orbiting overhead, powerful computers and plenty of scientists to make sense of a wealth of data
August 26, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Katharine Hepburn's Connecticut beach house and 8,900 other homes were swept into the sea
August 25, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
A Smithsonian geologist offers her expertise on the seismic event that shook much of the mid-Atlantic this week
August 24, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
Today's shaking may have been unexpected, but Washington isn't the only unlikely location for an earthquake in the United States
August 23, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Deflection could be our best bet if an asteroid is headed towards Earth
August 10, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Getting this close to a bubbling cauldron of lava is not just dangerous; it's stupid enough that even other volcanologists will yell at you
July 28, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
It's Predator Week here at the blog. What's your favorite predator, either existing or extinct?
July 18, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Despite the heat waves across the country, no one is screaming "climate change is real" because of them. Why?
July 14, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Iceland is pretty much the least habitable of all the places that people have inhabited. But visiting it is like hiking through a geology textbook
July 07, 2011 | By Laura Helmuth
The first tropical storm of 2011 is a reminder to prepare for potential disasters
June 29, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
A group of Italian scientists may go to trial for allegedly playing down the risk of the quake that struck the Abruzzo region of Italy in April 2009
June 16, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
What scientists are learning from "the best recorded earthquake ever" could help prepare for future ones
May 23, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The Mississippi River doesn't like to stay where it is, but then most rivers prefer to meander, expanding beyond their banks on occasion, at other times forging new paths across the landscape. This isn't a problem unless you've built cities and towns and farms up and down its banks, as we've done. ...
May 13, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Last week's devastating tornadoes have left indelible marks on not only the lives of people throughout the South, but also the Earth itself. This image was acquired by NASA's Aqua satellite on April 27 and shows the tracks of three tornadoes near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.The tracks are pale brown trails...
May 06, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Recently discovered photographs depict the aftermath of the devastating California earthquake in a new light
May 2011 | By Arcynta Ali Childs