News An aerial picture of the Grand Canyon in Arizona from around 30,000 feet (10,000m)

It was thought that the global landmark was perhaps 70million years old

The wonder of Mars in its seasonal glory

The astonishing diversity of the Red Planet's landscape is captured by the world's most powerful camera, reports Science Editor Steve Connor

The Complete Guide To: The Azores

Scattered across the North Atlantic lie nine volcanic islands with Portuguese heritage. Each is distinctive. But Simon Calder finds they share one attribute: a totally relaxed atmosphere

Steve Connor: Deadly fault lines that run down the spine of Italy

This region of Italy has a long history of earthquakes dating from long before classical times. It is one of the most seismically active regions of Europe, essentially due to the collision of the tectonic plates of Africa and Europe which pushed up the Apennine mountain range, the geological "backbone" of Italy.

Undersea volcano erupts near Tonga

Scientists sailed today to inspect an undersea volcano that has been erupting for days near Tonga — shooting smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet into the sky above the South Pacific ocean.

Journey Into Space, By Toby Litt

When I was a child, I had a nightmare about space; nothing I've ever read or seen since has recaptured the pitiless immensity of it. Until this novel. In the not-too-distant future, a spaceship is journeying through deep space carrying 100 would-be colonists – or rather, the ancestors of would-be colonists – for the voyage to the destined planet will take generations.

Earth tremor hits Folkestone

People in parts of Kent reported an earth tremor yesterday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

Rock on – careers in geology

Helen Wickens, 28, is a production geologist at Shell, based in Aberdeen. She talked to us about her study of geology, enthusiasm for volcanoes and thoughts on this week’s Big Bang science fair.

Mountain goes PC to honour black pioneer of the Wild West

Negrohead Mountain to be renamed after former slave who lived in its shadow

A Martian's view of Mars

Remarkable new images taken by Nasa rover vehicles on the surface of the Red Planet show a rocky, barren desert that looks surprisingly like home

Quakes hit China's remote west

Strong earthquakes hit China's remote western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang today but both appear to have struck sparsely populated, mountainous areas and caused only limited damage.

Tanzania: Animal magic

From baboons to wildebeest, Tanzania's Northern Circuit offers up a mind-boggling array of wildlife. James Palmer chills out with the zebra, then hangs around the hippo pool

Coral reefs face extinction

A third of the world’s coral species are threatened with extinction, according to an international study that revealed rapid and alarming deterioration in the state of coral reefs over the past 10 years.

An Atlas of Impossible Longing, by Anuradha Roy

A history at risk as the waters rise

Paperback: Selected Poems, by Martin Newell

Readers with fond memories of Newell's long innings as the pop poet of this parish will be delighted to find not just biting satirical verse but lyrical, reflective and personal pieces here – a range as broad and bracing as the East Anglian marshlands he adores. Buffs will tick off echoes (Larkin, Betjeman, Kipling, Auden...) but he's his own – Essex – man, cussed and tender and just a bit mystical, too. Germaine Greer (yes, really) warmly salutes him in her preface. He deserves it.

The Kiwi's Egg: Charles Darwin and natural selection, By David Quammen

Darwin came up with the theory of evolution, right? Wrong. Evolution, if not in the scientific mainstream, was part of the common intellectual currency of his time. His own grandfather espoused a version of it. What Darwin proposed was the blind, purposeless and godless mechanism by which it worked: natural selection.

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