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

My Life In Travel: Dr Iain Stewart

'I'd stay outside for 20 minutes and my eyelids would start to freeze up'

Climate change causes new 'epoch'

The Earth has entered a new geological epoch because man-made changes to the climate are having a dramatic and long-term impact on the land and the oceans, a study has found.

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The green house effect: Anna Pavord explores the possibility of planting on her shed roof

Does this count as a green roof, I wondered, looking at the corrugated asbestos that tops my hut? The hut is where I work; it's a wooden building with a room big enough to hold all my books, a bathroom, an overflow bedroom and a kitchen. It faces south, and both the south and the north face of the roof are mottled with orange lichen and spotted with firm humps of bright green moss. It's slightly greener on the north face than the south and the richest seams of moss run along the lines where the asbestos panels overlap. But will any green credentials the moss might give me be outweighed by the fact that they are sitting on asbestos? Asbestos is all right though, provided you leave it alone. It's when you try to remove it that it becomes dangerous, releasing its fibres.

Buy Of The Week: East Sussex

The transformation of an old barn into a contemporary home so often leads to tears. But Alice Black finds one project with a truly happy ending

Professor Neville J. Price

Distinguished London University geologist

The undersea upheaval caused by tsunami quake

A sonar image taken by the Royal Navy and enhanced in 3-D shows how the two tectonic plates collided and caused the devastating tsunami that surged across the Indian Ocean, killing thousands in Asia

A jungle expedition with a difference

Today we continue our thrilling serial story, Get Me Out of Here!

Family Outing: Geevor tin mine, Cornwall

Tour the undersea tunnels of Penwith and pan for 'gold'

Study for an Indiana Jones lifestyle

A geology qualification can set students up for a life of exotic travel and gritty experience, says Emma Haughton
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project