Mother Earth is the second studio album by Dutch symphonic/gothic metal band Within Temptation. Originally released on December 4, 2000 in the Netherlands, and August 21, 2001 in other parts of Europe, it quickly became a success in the band's heartland, reaching platinum status in the Netherlands and platinum in Belgium, platinum in Germany in addition to achieving TMF/MTV Awards in both countries. The album reportedly sold 750,000 copies in Europe.
The album was licensed to be released in Germany and neighboring countries through GUN Records in January 2003 as a special extended edition with four bonus tracks. The same edition reached the UK through Sanctuary Records with a release in September 2004. The album was re-released by Roadrunner Records on September 28, 2007, with bonus live tracks.
On August 5, 2008, Mother Earth along with The Silent Force was released in the United States on Roadrunner Records.
By 1999 the band had built their own studio and had begun recording demos for the Mother Earth album there. The album itself was recorded in Studio BS29 in Waalwijk, the Netherlands. Oscar Holleman was again producer, and one of the sound engineers was Stephen van Haestregt,