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 Appropriation Committee Approves 2008 Energy and Water Development Bill
Summary of House Committee Markup of the 2008 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
On June 6, 2007, the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2008 Energy and Water Development Bill. The bill provides:
$1.03 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation, $72 million above the 2008 President's budget and $5 million over the 2007 enacted level (the comparison excludes 2007 drought supplemental funding)
This includes $871.2 million for Water and related resources, $55 million above the President's budget and $10.6 million above the 2007 level (excluding the $18 million provided in 2007 supplemental funding for drought assistance).
The House provides $59.1 million for Central Valley project restoration fund, the same as the President's budget and $7 million above the 2007 level.
The House provides $40.8 million for California Bay-Delta Restoration, $9 million more than the President's budget and $4.1 million above the 2007 level. This includes $5 million for transfer to the Corps of Engineers for delta levees and $5 million for water use efficiency efforts.
For Policy and Administration, the House provides $58.8 million, the same as the President's budget and $1.2 million above the 2007 level.
The House did not include the President's budget proposal to fund $8 million for the San Joaquin River Restoration Fund from the CVP.
The Subcommittee did report that it did not fund the $11 million requested for Water 2025 due to a lack of authorization.
The House funded the Central Utah Project Completion Act at $43 million, equal to the President's budget and nearly $9 million above the 2007 level.