Scientists are developing a geologic record of how other planets have influenced the orbit of Earth, and thus its climate, over the last 200 million-plus years.
Solar System Archives - State of the Planet
A gradual shift in Earth’s orbit that repeats every 405,000 years plays a role in natural climate swings.
Mercury’s dark surface is revealing intriguing new clues about the formation of the solar system, including evidence announced today that the planet closest to the Sun may have formed in part from carbon, a key component of life.
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