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: Upcoming Webinar: “Why Was Hurricane Sandy So Damaging? Sea-Level Rise and Geomorphic Dominance on Storm Impacts"
Last edited 4/26/2016
On Wednesday, February 26, at 3:30pm ET, Jonathan Woodruff of UMass Amherst will discuss how changes in storm climatology, relative sea level rise, and the form and behavior of shorelines have governed past changes in coastal flooding by storms in the northeast. A main point of the talk will be to highlight that rising sea level and associated shoreline change will likely become the two dominant drivers of increased periods of extreme coastal inundation, irrespective of changes in future storm climatology. To highlight this point he will present new observations of resulting sedimentation and shoreline impacts by Hurricane Sandy compared to past storm events.