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New Zealand road

SHAKE UP  A magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit New Zealand last year altered the landscape. The temblor jumped between two faults thought to be too far apart for a quake to cross, new research shows.

River in Egypt

WINDING WATERWAYS  Aerial views of watersheds like this one in Egypt can take on fractal-like appearances, with large rivers branching into ever-smaller streams.

Oldest rocks yet

CLASSIC ROCK  Rocks from an outcrop in northeastern Canada may have formed from material dating back more than 4.2 billion years ago. That’s older than the oldest rocks found on Earth’s surface today.

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