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What counts as a mountain?

Mountains: super tall, rocky landforms that rise high above the surrounding environment, much higher than hills. We might draw one as a single peak like Mount Fuji, or as a zig zag line of peaks representing a mountai...

How Do Glaciers Move?

Glacier ice is weird. It’s solid. Solid things aren’t supposed to flow. But glacier ice flows like a liquid, and it does that without melting! How is this possible? Travel to Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier with Joe H...

The Pseudo Fossil Challenge

Pseudo means that something isn't real. A fossil is "the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past." A pseudofossil might be mistaken for a fossil, but was actually creat...

Drones help scientists study Guatemalan volcanoes

A team of volcanologists and engineers from the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol has collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano pe...

Hawaii – The Pace of Formation

The Kilauea Volcano's continued flow of lava into the ocean is one of the few places in the world to provide a front row seat of an island's formation. The Big Island is literally changing before your eyes. This vast ...

Here’s Where the Juice That Powers Batteries Comes From

Atomic number 3 on the periodic table, lithium is the 'li' in the li-ion batteries that are inside of our smartphones, laptops, digital cameras, and electric vehicles. Above, Alejandro Bucher gives Bloomberg's Ashlee ...

Marie Tharp: Uncovering the Secrets of the Ocean Floor

In the early 20th century, Alfred Wegener proposed a revolutionary idea: that the Earth’s continents were once joined together, and had gradually moved apart. The idea contradicted almost everything scientists thought...

Space Rocks: Comets, asteroids, meteors, & meteorites

This claymation primer on comets, asteroids, meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites helps us learn about Space Rocks in a super adorable way. Made by Beakus for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the animation is one in a ...

The Great Stalacpipe Organ deep in Luray Caverns

Not far from Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, deep in the damp Luray Caverns, is a giant lithophone -- a pipeless organ that strikes 37 stalactites with solenoid-actuated rubber mallets in order to produce 37 beau...

Spine of the South, time lapse from Ecuador to Patagonia

Travel the longest mountain range in the world, The Andes, via this time lapse compilation video by photographer Eric Hanson. Taking several hundred thousand photos during his seven month trip along South America's An...

Why are there oyster shells in the ‘Chalk Pyramids’ of Kansas?

Fossilized oyster shells, coral, fish bones, shark teeth, and other marine organisms can be found in the 'Chalk Pyramids' or Monument Rocks that rise up from the flat plains of western Kansas. These ancient chalky spi...

Oregon’s Lost Lake drains down a lava tube every spring

Every spring in Oregon's Willamette National Forest, Lost Lake begins to drain down naturally occurring lava tubes. A six foot wide lava tube hole was featured in this 2015 video from The Bulletin, which notes, "The w...

Time lapse eruption videos of Chile’s Calbuco Volcano

On April 22, 2015, Chile's Calbuco Volcano interrupted its 42 year dormancy with an eruption that was filmed by video enthusiasts all around the area. Martin Heck from Timestorm Films captured the 4K time lapse above....

An Object at Rest: A stone’s adventure through time

An Object at Rest is Seth Boyden's final thesis film at CalArts. He writes: This year's story follows the life of a stone as he travels over the course of millions of years, facing nature's greatest obstacle: human...

The Four Spheres (Geo, Bio, Hydro, & Atmo) with Crash Course Kids

The ground or geo-sphere, water or hydro-sphere, air or atmo-sphere, and life or bio-sphere: Earth and everything on it can be organized into these four distinct yet interconnected subsystems. Knowing more about each ...

LeVar Burton visits the Grand Canyon – Reading Rainbow

Take a video field trip to the Grand Canyon with LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow as he explores the canyon's history, early inhabitants, and its original formation. The views are incredible from a boat on the Colorad...

Kilauea – The Fire Within and Living with Lava

Travel to the Big Island of Hawaii to see Kilauea's stunning lava flows across the southeast part of the island in Kilauea - The Fire Within, a film by Hawaiian native Lance Page. In contrast to the dramatic style ...

Flying drones over the lava lake at Ambrym’s Marum Crater

...for science! Made possible thanks to camera-outfitted drones, filmmaker Sam Cossman took a team the edge of Ambrym Volcano's Marum Crater to 3D map its 7.5-mile-wide (12-kilometer) caldera and the spectacular lava ...

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