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.
House Action on 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
The House passed the 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (H.R. 2311) by a vote of 405 to 15 on June 28th 2001.
Earlier in the day, the House defeated a number of amendments, including an amendment by Mr. Davis (FL) to strike a provision in the bill prohibiting the use of funds for authorization of construction of a pipeline to take natural gas from the OCS offshore of Alabama to Florida.
Three amendments were approved:
An amendment offered by Mr. Traficant to prohibit use of funds for entities which violate the Buy-American Act.
An amendment offered by Mr. Traficant to prohibit use of funds to drill for oil or gas, in or under the Mosquito Creek Reservoir in Trumbull County, Ohio.
An amendment offered by Mr. Bonior to prohibit the use of funds to issue any permit or lease for drilling or exploring for oil or gas from the land beneath the water in any of the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, the St. Mary's River, the St. Clair River, the Detroit River, the Niagra River, or the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to the 45th parallel