Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
The conference report on H.R. 4733, the FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill was filed the night of September the 27th and passed by the morning of September the 28th. Early reports are that the report:
Includes the Senate language on Missouri River operations, which the White House has said is grounds for a veto.
Includes a total of $23.6 Billion, $1.8 Billion more than the House bill, $0.6 Billion more than the Senate bill, and $0.8 Billion more than the Budget request.
Does not apply any new funds for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (conflicting reports say $20 Million provided).
Includes $781 Million for other Bureau of Reclamation accounts ($51 Million more than the House, $27 Million more than the Senate, and $40 Million more than the request).