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.
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves 2008 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Bill
On Thursday, June 21st, the Senate Appropriations reported out the 2008 Interior appropriations bill today, adopting the subcommittee report with the following amendments.
MMS 98/99 Leases
A Domenici amendment striking the provision that would have prohibited MMS from issuing new leases to holders of leases that do not have limitations on royalty relief. The amendment was passed by a vote of 15 and 14.
A Reed amendment prohibiting the issuance of permits needed to allow the importation of polar bears or polar bear parts passed by voice vote.
The Managers package was adopted that included numerous technical changes, report language direction, and one funding adjustment. The funding adjustment reduced funding for FBMS by $1.0 million to provide $1.0 million for the Eisenhower Commission.
In addition, the following amendments were discussed, but not adopted. These amendments may be raised in floor action.
Secure Rural Schools
Craig withdrew his amendment to extend Secure Rural Schools funding through 2011.
Net Receipts Sharing
Bennett indicated that Domenici (who had to leave the mark up) had intended to propose that the provision re-establishing nets receipts sharing be stricken. The amendment was co-sponsored by Bennett, Allard, and Stevens.
Stevens withdrew an amendment that would have limited the timeframe for filing a lawsuit in opposition to the Tsongas Forest Management plan (Forest Service).