A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOINews: The Alaska Climate Science Center Acquires Advanced Ice and Snow Monitoring System
Documenting the present state of snow, ice, and permafrost in Alaska is crucial for predicting and adapting to the significant climatic changes expected for this region. As one response to this pressing need, the DOI/USGS Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) is acquiring a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system to support the gathering of spatially distributed observations of terrestrial snow, freshwater ice, permafrost, and glaciers in Alaska. This system will be cooperatively managed by the AK CSC and University of Alaska Fairbanks, and will be used collaboratively by multiple state, federal and academic institutions. Please contact AK CSC Director Steve Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional details.