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Pangea Gave Us Modern Oceans

The ancient land mass didn't just change land. The oceans were never the same after it was gone.

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NASA's Climate Data Extremely Accurate, NASA Says
A careful examination shows that the space agency is right: Earth is…
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Scientists Find New Undersea Volcano
It's been giving a tiny African island headaches since last year. Sc…
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Why the World's Measuring Systems Just Changed
"If you tell aliens that our units of measurement are based on a hun…
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Permits Didn't Help Yosemite's Most Dangerous Hike
An iconic location was being overrun, and an attempted fix didn't so…
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Turns Out You Can Fall 70 Feet Into Kīlauea Volcano and Survive

Not that you should follow this man’s lead.

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You Can Now Hike Alongside the Korean DMZ

Open to the public, hikers will be able to see North Korea's vaunted Mount Kumgang.

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There's Way Too Much Trash on Mt. Everest

And it isn't easy (or cheap) to clean up the world's tallest mountain.

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The Science Behind Earth's Strangest Light Phenomena

Scientists and amateurs finally have a grasp on the newly discovered lights known as STEVEs. (No, they're not auroras.)

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The World's Waves Are Getting Bigger

And ocean winds are getting faster, too.

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Scientists Just Mapped a Quarter of the World's Coral and Boy Is It in Bad Shape

The atlas will make it easier to study the conditions of the threatened environments from afar.

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Global Warming Is Already Costing the Insurance Industry Historic Amounts

And that's only expected to rise, says a major reinsurance company.

Climate Change Could Unleash Long-Frozen Radiation

Atomic bombs, Chernobyl,Fukushima—radiation has traveled and frozen all over the world. Global warming is changing that.

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NASA Created These Otherworldly Artificial Auroras in the Skies Above Norway

NASA's artificial aurora was designed to tell the agency more about real ones.

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Climate Change Has Fundamentally Weakened The Great Barrier Reef

Climbing temperatures have made it harder for the world wonder to recover from mass bleachings, a new study shows.

Bald Eagles Are Stealing Trash from a Seattle Landfill and Dropping it in the Suburbs

Residents understandably want a solution. The only good one might be for them to learn how to better manage their trash.

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A Massive Solar Storm Is Hitting Earth This Weekend

Don't worry, it's not going to be harmful. If you're lucky, you'll get to see a good sky show.

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Huge Underwater Eruption May Have Rattled the Entire Earth and We Barely Noticed

The tiny island of Mayotte is at the epicenter of a mysterious underwater phenomena which began last year.

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A Meteor Hit Earth With the Force of a Nuclear Bomb and We Hardly Even Noticed

The Kamchatka meteor's impact last year was remote and sudden, showing the limits of detecting objects from space.