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: Alaska CSC Releases Annual Report for 2011-2012
For the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC), 2012 was a year of continued growth and further development of our research capacity and outreach activities. In this 2011-2012 annual highlights issue for the AK CSC, you will learn about new investments in research capacity to support high-performance simulation modeling activities, as well as providing state-of-the-art radar equipment to observe and document glacier dynamics. We also continued to place a high priority on training early career scientists. All of these early career scientists are addressing challenging issues related to climate variability and impacts on natural resource management, and once again you will meet one of the AK CSC funded graduate students. In addition, this issue introduces the AK CSC outreach efforts at both the secondary and post-secondary levels—highlighting innovative programs to encourage the next generation of scientists and decision makers.