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).
The U.S. Geological Survey announced the first look image from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). The image captures both the host institution of the North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC), Colorado State University (CSU), as well as the Galena fire scar just west of CSU. The NC CSC is a member node of the NASA Applied Sciences DEVELOP program and the NC CSC Director, Jeff Morisette, worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for 10 years prior to joining the USGS. The center is integrating climate observations and models with remote sensing observations to help meet its mission of bringing the best available earth science to help land managers within the Department of Interior.
View of Galena Fire from Colorado State University. Image taken by Jeff Morisette.