Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: NE CSC Spring 2014 Webinar Series to Focus on Extreme Events and Climate Change!
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The NE CSC will continue their webinar series for the spring semester under the theme, "Extreme Events and Climate Change: Adapting to an Uncertain Future". Six interdisciplinary speakers will cover topics ranging from sea level rise, hurricane risk, sustainable forestry, and the impacts of extreme events on breeding birds. Participants are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Please join by webinar or in person (134 Morrill Science Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst)!
February 12 - Robert Thieler, USGS Woods Hole, “Sea-level Rise, Coastal Change, and Decision Making in an Uncertain Future”
February 26 - Jonathan Woodruff, UMass Amherst, “Why Was Hurricane Sandy So Damaging? Sea-level Rise and Geomorphic Dominance on Storm Impacts”
March 12 - Kerry Emanuel, MIT, “Hurricanes and Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate”
March 26 - Maria Janowiak, NIACS, “Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty”
April 9 - Brooke Bateman, Univ. Wisconsin, "Relevance of Extreme Events for Breeding Birds: Coping with Extreme Weather and Climate Change"
April 23 - Keith Nislow, UMass Amherst, "Extreme Climate Events and Species Population Dynamics: Overriding Influence or Not Such a Big Deal?"