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.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
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.
This page points to items of interest concerning the Department of the Interior's budget. You may track the progress of this budget request through the Congressional appropriations process from this page.
The Department of the Interior "Budget in Brief" highlights and describes details of the fiscal year 2005 request.
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Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, Statement to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies - February 25, 2004 (HTML Format) (PDF Format)
Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, Statement to the Interior Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies - March 25, 2004 (HTML Format) (PDF Format)
Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, Statement to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on the 2005 President Budget Request - March 4, 2004 (HTML Format) (PDF Format)
Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, Statement to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the 2005 President's Budget Request - February 12, 2004 (HTML Format) (PDF Format)
The Office of Budget Summary of the House Committee Action on the Fiscal Year 2005 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (PDF Format)
The Office of Budget Summary of the House Committee Action on the Fiscal Year 2005 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill (HTML Format)
The Office of Budget Summary of the House Floor and Senate Committee Action on the Fiscal Year 2005 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills (PDF Format)
Consolidated Appropriations - HR4818: The Congress approved the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act on Saturday, November 20, 2004, including conference agreements on the 2005 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, the Energy and Water Development Act, and seven other appropriations acts. The House passed the measure by a vote of 344 to 51. The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 65 to 30, which was signed by the President on December 8, 2004. (PDF Format)