Spring's Contradictions, Devastating and Beautiful
Pictured here, the first flowers are beginning to appear along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Two of the first flowers are Fendler's pennycress or wild candytuft (Noccaea montana) and dwarf lousewort or wood-betony (Pedicularis centranthera), seen in the image above at left and right, respectively.
[Full Story: First Spring Flowers Arrive at Grand Canyon]
At least six tornadoes were reported in the Dallas-Fort Worth area from mid-afternoon to early evening on April 3, according to officials at the National Weather Service.
[Full Story: Devastating Texas Tornadoes Seen by Satellite]
A Magnificent Display
The volcano's latest episode, which reached its peak in the wee hours Sunday (April 1), lit up the night, spouting molten rock many hundreds of feet into the air for about an hour and a half.
[Full Story: Mount Etna Erupts in Fiery Glory]
Ancient Interior Exposed
The rocks exposed in the Oman Mountains used to lie in Earth's interior, at the boundary between crust and the mantle, but when an ancient ocean narrowed and closed, the colossal geological forces at work also thrust the ancient seafloor skyward, according to a NASA statement.
[Full Story: Earth's Interior Exposed in Oman]
Bongo Calves Welcomed
Eastern bongos are native to the mountain forests of Kenya, and are endangered by hunting and increasing rates of deforestation. The Bongo Surveillance Programme estimates that there could be as few as 75 to140 individuals left in the wild.
[Full Story: Bouncing Baby Bongos Born at Belfast Zoo]
This Storm is No Joke
Low pressure System 95P became Tropical Storm Daphne in the southwestern Pacific Ocean on April 1, after it had already caused severe flooding in areas of Fiji, according to a NASA statement.
[Full Story: Tropical Storm Born on April Fool's Day]
A Match Made ... at Edinburgh
Keepers allowed the zoo's young female panda and young male panda to meet for the first time today (April 3), on five separate occasions.
[Full Story: Pandas Meet for Love Match at Zoo]
Just days after the filmmaker plunged more than 35,756 feet (10,890 meters) into the Pacific Ocean to the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on Earth, his team piloted Cameron's innovative submersible to yet another deep-sea spot.
This time, members of the expedition took Cameron's lime-green Deepsea Challenger to a depth of 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) off the coast of the tiny island of Ulithi, part of Micronesia.
[Full Story: James Cameron's Team Unveils New Seafloor Image]