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Beaver dams and wildfire, a stop-motion demonstration

How do beaver dams change and improve their ecosystems and build climate resilience? This stop-motion short by ecohydrologist Emily Fairfax demonstrates how beaver dams slow down and store water in ponds, creating wet...

Earth’s Hydrosphere and Geosphere + Weathering and Erosion

How do the geosphere and hydrosphere interact and work together? How do water and dirt work together to support life on Earth? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina Cruz explains how rain, waterfalls, rivers, ...

NASA’s Opportunity Rover completes its mission on Mars

From its landing on Mars on January 24, 2004 to the mission's end, announced on February 13, 2019, NASA's Opportunity rover has been a wonder of space exploration. For almost 15 years, the golf-cart-size explorer trek...

Making lava bombs with ‘homemade’ magma

Hot lava + cold water = the potential for lava bombs, flying molten rock balls. For scientists who study the dynamics of this violent combination, it's much safer to set up controlled experiments than to study it in H...

Glaciers flow like rivers, a time lapse

Though they look solid and still, gigantic compressed masses of ice called glaciers flow, constantly moving like rivers. In this Secret Life of Ice clip, we see their awe-inspiring shifting with help from a time-lapse...

The NASA-JPL engineers behind Mars InSight & MarCO

NASA-JPL's Mars InSight robotic lander is scheduled to touch down on Mars on November 26th, 2018 after a six-month voyage. Its mission: Gather data on the Red Planet's interior structure and help us better understand ...

Geothermal energy in Iceland

Iceland is a geothermal energy pioneer. Their unique geology, thanks to volcanism along a rift in the Eurasian tectonic plate and North American tectonic plate, provides a sustainable advantage: Heat from the ground. ...

Space Volcanoes, an AMNH Shelf Life 360 video

Here on Earth, volcanic eruptions are dramatic manifestations of our dynamic planet. Elsewhere in our solar system, awe-inspiring extraterrestrial volcanoes—both active and extinct—provide clues to planetary formation...

Why Earth Has Two Levels

Earth’s outer shell is made of two materials whose different densities and thicknesses give rise to two distinct “levels” on the planet’s surface. And evidently these two materials—continental crust and more dense ...

How USGS scientists monitor Kilauea Volcano’s ongoing eruptions

On the Big Island of Hawaii, Kilauea Volcano continues to erupt. For U.S. Geological Survey scientists like volcanologist Dr. Alexa Van Eaton, the event is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn as much...

How to collect black sand with a magnet

If you're ever at a beach with some black sand in the mix, run a magnet through the sand to see if the black sand sticks. Exploratorium educator Ken Finn demonstrates this experiment with a magnet and a plastic cup at...

How Dangerous Are The Northwest’s Volcanoes?

In Oregon, Washington and Idaho, magma has erupted out of the ground in at least 25 places in the last 10,000 years, a mere instant in the lifetime of volcanoes that can be hundreds of thousands of years old... But wh...

What is dust made of?

Less than a tenth the size of an ant, a dust mite’s whole world is contained in the dusty film under a bed or in a forgotten corner. This realm is right under our noses, but from our perspective, the tiny specks of br...

How NASA’s InSight Will Plumb the Depths of Mars

Propelled by a predawn rocket launch from California, NASA’s InSight spacecraft is now on a voyage of some six months to Mars to study the deep interior of the red planet. “The science that we want to do with this ...

Speed up geologic time with a DIY squeeze box

Build. Observe. Play in the sand and dirt. Making your own easy-to-build squeeze box is fun for lots of different reasons, including educational ones. This Science Snacks video with Eric Muller from The Exploratorium ...

How deep have humans dug into the Earth?

From the deep end of Olympic swimming pools to The Paris Catacombs to Switzerland's Gotthard Base Tunnel to the Z-44 Chayvo Well in eastern Russia, travel down into the planet via this surprising Tech Insider animatio...

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, The Birth of a New Island

In late December 2014 into early 2015, a submarine volcano in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga erupted, sending a violent stream of steam, ash and rock into the air. When the ash finally settled in January 2015, a n...

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...

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