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.
Summary: Senate Action on the FY 2002 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
July 12, 2001
On the afternoon of July 12th 2001, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the fiscal year 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. (The Subcommittee markup occurred earlier in the day.) The bill could be considered on the Senate floor as soon as Monday July 16th. The following information is based on draft materials and subject to change.
Overall, the Senate bill is reported to have provided $25.5 billion in new discretionary budget authority, $1.4 billion above the FY 2001 enacted level and $2.4 billion above the FY 2002 President's Budget. Within the total, $884.2 million in new current budget authority was provided for Department of the Interior programs, $67.6 million over the FY 2001 level, $41.3 million over the House bill, and $64.5 million over the FY 2002 President's Budget.
Like the House bill, the Senate bill does not provide funds for the California Bay-Delta Restoration account. The Senate bill does, however, provides $40.0 million in additional funds for authorized activities of the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project that will also support the goals of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.
Chairman Byrd noted that, in addition to the Interior and Energy and Water Development bills, the Committee planned to mark up seven other appropriations bills by the end of July. The tentative schedule is: July 12th - Transportation and Legislative; July 17th - Agriculture; July 19th - VA-HUD and Commerce-Justice-State; July 26th - Foreign Ops and Treasury-Postal.