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Plastic straws may soon join plastic bags in exile

Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty ImagesIn a move that seems right in line with recent legislation designed to rid landfills of plastic bags and …


Don’t expect epic bloom this season, but visit to desert still in order

The sands of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park may look a little barren right now, but recent rainfall has given hope that spring will again bring …


Top Wow Spots of Channel Islands National Park

Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island<p>Selfie alert! A 1½-mile hike from the boat landing takes you to Anacapa’s highest point, with stunning views of the …

National Parks

New Balance And J. Crew Drop National Park-Inspired Sneakers

A ton of people are already rocking New Balance sneakers when they take casual hikes through national forests and parks, but now they can be thematically consistent as well — because New Balance and J. Crew have collaborated on two limited edition pairs inspired by the majesty of our National …


The Budget Traveler's Guide to Zion National Park

With majestic canyons, sandstone walls, and breathtaking hikes, it’s no wonder this jewel of the National Park Service was named for the promised …

National Parks

America's National Parks Are in Despair

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment</b><p>More than 300 million people visited U.S. National Parks in 2016, but access to public lands is under threat.<p>From government sell offs and the transfer of federal lands, to deteriorating infrastructure and an administration that has already …

National Parks

Top Wow Spots of Yosemite

Tuolumne Meadows<p>See Best Yosemite hikes<p>Spend the afternoon at a cool 8,600 feet in Tuolumne Meadows, an hour and a half north of Yosemite Valley. The …

National Parks

Life may have been possible in Earth’s earliest, most hellish eon

Heat from asteroid bombardment during Earth’s earliest eon wasn’t too intense for life to exist on the planet, a new study suggests.

Earth Science

Northern Australia Was Once Smushed Up Against North America

And other strange facts of supercontinent history.<p>Recently, a group of scientists released a paper in the journal <i>Geology</i> in which the researchers …

Earth Science

No, the "Ring of Fire" is Not a Real Thing

"The Ring of Fire is really active!" Yup, that's what the headlines say. The supposed "Ring of Fire" -- the chain of volcanoes and earthquakes that …

Earth Science

When our magnetic field flips, say goodbye to modern life

Scientists say the magnetic North Pole will eventually switch places with the South Pole, with potentially apocalyptic results.<p>The Earth's magnetic …

Earth Science

Geologist: Mayon volcano not just a threat to immediate neighbors

The Philippines' Mayon volcano continues to erupt - and it's not just a danger to those living nearby. US geologist Ben Andrews explains why 500 …


Last Cascadia Megaquake Happened 318 Years Ago Today

The Cascadia Subduction Zone ruptured 318 years ago today. Another one is coming due.<p>SEATTLE, WA - On this date 318 years ago, the Cascadia …


3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the arid, sun-soaked northwest corner of Australia, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the oldest face of Earth is exposed to the sky. Drive through …

Earth Science

The View From One of America’s Best Hikes: Mount St. Helens

By Michael Lanza<p>Nearly four decades after it erupted, Washington’s Mount St. Helens has become one of the most sought-after summits in the …


Does This 200,000 Year Old Jaw Bone Change Everything?

Archaeologists this week announced they had earth-shattering news—a 200,000 year old jaw-bone found in Israel that revolutionized our understanding …


This photo captures the eerie, otherworldly fury of Mount Mayon

It may look like a clip from an upcoming sci-fi blockbuster, but this is anything but fantasy.<p>Mount Mayon in the Philippines, in the north-eastern …


Pacific Ring of Fire always active, says expert

There is nothing unusual happening around the earthquake-prone volcanic belt in the Pacific known as the Ring of Fire, an expert said Tuesday.

Ring of Fire

UGA GEOL 1122 stratigraphy exercise

Which way (to the left or right) was landward, and which way was seaward?<p>How many cycles of rising and falling sea level are evident from your …

Earth Science

Wave of massive volcanoes created Earth’s first supercontinent

Daily news<p>The world’s continents arrived in a blaze of fury. A pressure blow-out seems to have caused vast amounts of molten rock to spew out of the …

Earth Science

How Trump's cuts to public lands threaten future dinosaur discoveries

Researchers have made remarkable finds at sites such as Grand Staircase-Escalante, which the administration has shrunk<p>The paleontologist Rob Gay wasn’t expecting to find anything significant that day. He and a few of his students were scouting in the southeast Utah badlands in summer 2016 when they …


Earth’s Magnetic Field Could be Reversing, Dooming Us All

Credit: Pixabay<p>If you think back to your high school lessons, you may recall that every so often, the Earth’s magnetic poles flip. We know this …


Newly Discovered Egyptian Dinosaur is 'Holy Grail' of Fossils

'When I first saw pics of the fossils, my jaw hit the floor.'<p>Filed Under Evolution & Paleontology<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent …


California's Ominous Earthquake Drought

A major seismic event in the state is an inevitability, but is the government doing enough to prepare for the disaster?First responders tend to …


Country diary: this stony grazing is littered with prehistoric remains

North Hill, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall: Marks of cutting on the edges of split rock are softened and disguised by turf, moss, lichen and rushy pools<p>Run-off streams down the lane leading to isolated farmsteads and moorland above the Lynher Valley. Thick moss and pennyworts soak up wetness on boundary …