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: Upcoming Webinar: "From Icefield to Ocean: Impacts of Glacier Change in Alaska"
On Thursday, April 25 at 3:30 PM Eastern, Shad O'Neel, USGS Alaska Science Center, and Eran Hood, University of Alaska Southeast, will conduct a presentation titled "From Icefield to Ocean: Impacts of Glacier Change in Alaska".
Mountains ringing the Gulf of Alaska host large maritime glaciers that are experiencing some of the highest rates of volume loss on Earth. These rapidly changing glaciers demonstrate tight physical and ecological linkages with downstream ecosystems that bridge the icefield-to-ocean continuum. This talk will highlight recent efforts of an Alaska Climate Science Center supported research project to better understand these linkages, including how glaciers influence hydrology and oceanography as well as the biogeochemistry and ecology of freshwater and near-shore marine ecosystems that receive glacial runoff. We will also discuss a framework for developing an interdisciplinary research program related to glacier change that will inform future management efforts in the diverse and productive coastal ecosystems along the Gulf of Alaska.