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.
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 2006 request.
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The Interior and Related Agencies bill was enacted before the end of fiscal year 2005. Programs normally included in the Energy and Water Development bill were covered under the first of three 2006 continuing resolutions until the 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act was signed by the President on November 19, 2005.
House Action. Passed the House by a vote of 348 to 64 on September 29, 2005.
Senate Action. Passed the Senate by a voice vote on September 30, 2005.
Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 109-77 on September 30, 2005.
Fall Hurricane/Avian Flu Supplemental
Conference Agreement. The conference agreement on the 2006 Defense Appropriations Act reported on December 18, 2005 included a 2006 supplemental providing funds for Hurricane Katrina response and recovery and for detection of avian flu (H.Rept. 109-359).
House Action. The House Appropriations Committee reported a bill providing supplemental funds for the global war on terror and for hurricane recovery on March 13, 2006 (H.R. 4939; H. Rept. 109-388). The bill passed the House on March 16, by a vote of 348 to 71.
Senate Action. The Senate Appropriations Committee reported the legislation on April 7 (S. Rept. 109-230) and the Senate passed the legislation on May 4 by a vote of 77 to 21.
Conference Agreement. Conference agreement on the legislation was reached on June 8 (H.Rept. 109-494). The House agreed to the conference report on June 13 by a vote of 351 to 67. The Senate agreed to the conference report on June 15, by a vote of 98 to l.