Fossil Rock Anthem

Dancing paleontologists, colourful graphics, and unashamed catchiness make Fossil Rock Anthem one of my favourite scientific parody songs. Even better, it's educational effectiveness is backed by research into the developing field of using music to engage students in learning science. » 4/15/14 1:10pm 4/15/14 1:10pm

Here's What a 9.2 Earthquake Can Do to a City

It's been fifty years since the Great Alaska Earthquake, the biggest ever to shake the United States. At magnitude 9.2, it leveled a city and was felt as far away as Texas. This fascinating short documentary reveals how it also led to a scientific breakthrough. » 3/30/14 4:00pm 3/30/14 4:00pm

The separation of Pangea, explained in an animated pop-up book

In this lovely new animation from TED-Ed, educator Michael Molina uses a pop-up book to explore the science of tectonic plates, the manner by which their shifting led to the breakup of the supercontinent of Pangea, and how their movement continues to affect the drift of Earth's continents. » 2/05/14 8:40am 2/05/14 8:40am

Plate tectonics confirmed on Mars

After nearly forty years of research, scientists have finally proven that plate tectonics exist on Mars. A recently published paper by An Yin in the journal Lithosophere reveals that the origin of Valles Marineris on Mars — the longest trough system in the solar system — was formed by rifting, strike-slip faulting,… » 8/10/12 9:30am 8/10/12 9:30am

How did a giant mountain range form beneath a mile of Antarctic ice?

The Gamburtsev Mountains are over 750 miles long and nearly 9,000 feet tall, making them roughly the same size as the Alps. But nobody has ever even seen these mountains, because they're located deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. » 11/16/11 2:40pm 11/16/11 2:40pm

Flawed diamonds reveal the shape of a lost Earth

A tiny, blood-red flaw inside a diamond can reveal what was happening to Earth 3 billion years ago. A recent scientific study of thousands of flawed diamonds like this one have given us a window into our planet's strange and violent past. » 7/23/11 9:00am 7/23/11 9:00am

The Earth's core melts and freezes all at the same time

The inner core of our planet is roughly as big as the Moon, and we can only guess what's going on deep inside our planet. We might now have an answer...and it's even more volatile and weird than we thought. » 5/18/11 10:34am 5/18/11 10:34am

Were the Rocky Mountains sucked out of the ground?

The Rockies are a geological mystery, a massive mountain range located far away from the nearest continental plate boundary. So without crashing plates to push the Rockies out of the ground, how did they form? The answer might be suction. » 3/07/11 4:49pm 3/07/11 4:49pm

A history of supercontinents on planet Earth

Earth's continents are constantly changing, moving and rearranging themselves over millions of years - affecting Earth's climate and biology. Every few hundred million years, the continents combine to create massive, world-spanning supercontinents. Here's the past and future of Earth's supercontinets. » 1/27/11 2:31pm 1/27/11 2:31pm

Where to follow earthquakes on Twitter

For those of you with a penchant for plate tectonics, there are plenty of places on Twitter to follow our planet's earthquakes as they happen. » 1/08/11 8:30am 1/08/11 8:30am

Frog genes reveal the birth of the Himalaya mountains

India and China's plates smashed into each other 55 million years ago, and this collision ultimately created the Himalayas, home to the world's biggest mountains..but we weren't exactly sure when this part happened. Now, thanks to frog genes, we know. » 8/08/10 11:00am 8/08/10 11:00am

Rapidly-Forming Rift in African Desert Could Become an Ocean

Four years ago, a volcano opened this massive crack between the African and Arabian tectonic plates in Ethopia. New research shows it could be the beginning of a new ocean shoreline. » 11/05/09 6:20am 11/05/09 6:20am

Where Tectonic Plates Meet in a Volcanic Pool

You're looking at the Afar Depression in Ethiopia, a 12-foot-wide hot springs that exists at the junction of three massive tectonic plates. It also sits on top of a volcano. » 1/28/09 8:30am 1/28/09 8:30am