Earth Earth

What is Earth?

Earth is the dynamic planet that we call home. It formed over 4.5 billion years ago, and it has been changing ever since. Sometimes these changes happen very fast, like an earthquake or a volcanic eruption. But most changes happen so slowly we don't notice them at all!

 

Earth Stuff:

Edible Earth

Edible Earth

Make a model of Earth's layers that's good enough to eat!

Are YOU cut out for Antarctica?

Are YOU cut out for Antarctica?

Take this quiz to find out if you're up for the challenge!

Create a Compass

Create a Compass

See if you can find north by making your own compass.

Earthquakes: Tremors from Below

Earthquakes: Tremors from Below

Earthquakes are happening all the time. Find out what makes the earth shake.

Grow Rock Candy

Grow Rock Candy

Create your own crystals with sugar. Then enjoy your tasty treat!

Hurricanes: Storms from the sea

Hurricanes: Storms from the sea

How do simple storms turn into swirling hurricanes?

If Rocks Could Talk

If Rocks Could Talk

Meet six rocks that travelled to the Museum from places like Mexico, Scotland, and even outer space.

Jade

Jade

Take a peek into a mineralogist's scrapbook to see why he thinks jade is so special.

Journey to Deep Sea Vents

Journey to Deep Sea Vents

All aboard! Hop on a submersible and explore an amazing diversity of life at the ocean floor.

Make Your Own Earth Stationery

Make Your Own Earth Stationery

Send a note to a friend with these earthy letterheads.

Make Your Own Weather Station

Make Your Own Weather Station

Create weather tools to gather wind, rain, and pressure data in your neighborhood.

Making Rocks

Making Rocks

Visit a scientist's lab to see how he creates a magma chamber!

Meet the Earth OLogists

Meet the Earth OLogists

Do you dig the Earth? If so, you'll want to meet Ed, Arjun, Diana, and Ruthmabel.

Meet the OLogist: Ed Mathez

Meet the OLogist: Ed Mathez

Do you dig the Earth? If so, you'll want to meet Ed.

Meet the Universe's Main Attraction... Gravity

Meet the Universe's Main Attraction... Gravity

Find out why a ball thrown in the air will return to the ground. 

Planetary Mysteries

Planetary Mysteries

Take a virtual tour of our solar system to explore its many mysteries.

Plates on the Move

Plates on the Move

Volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes... Examine how plate tectonics affect our world.

Race to the South Pole

Race to the South Pole

Check out the scrapbook to learn about this amazing race!

Start a Rock Collection

Start a Rock Collection

Every rock has a story to tell. Learn how to create a collection that rocks!

The Amazing Mundo

The Amazing Mundo

Mundo Shamundo! Can you help Mandy study for her geology test?

Tornadoes: Spinning Thunderstorms

Tornadoes: Spinning Thunderstorms

With its swirling column of wind, a tornado is one of nature’s most destructive storms.

Volcanoes: Magma Rising

Volcanoes: Magma Rising

Find out what causes volcanoes to erupt and how scientists study them.

What Do You Know About Earth?

What Do You Know About Earth?

Test your knowledge about our planet Earth with this quiz.

What's the Big Idea About Earth?

What's the Big Idea About Earth?

Take a peek at our planet's layers, learn what secrets rocks reveal, and gain a long view of history.

What's This?

What's This?

Can you tell the difference between an Emmy award and an Olympic medal?