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: Webinar Tomorrow: "Hurricanes and Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate"
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"Hurricanes and Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate"
Wednesday, March 12, 3:30 pm ET
Presented by the Northeast Climate Science Center
Kerry Emanuel, MIT
In this talk, Dr. Emanuel will review hurricanes and the various kinds of hazards they present to us, and go on to talk about how geology, history, and physics can all be used to help assess the risk of these hazards today and going forward, as our climate warms.
Speaker Bio: Kerry Emanuel is an atmospheric scientist and professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes. His research focuses on atmospheric convection and the physics of hurricanes. In particular, he has explored the possibility that recent climate change, along with other factors, has contributed to the increased hurricane activity in the Atlantic. He has also contributed to the development of a new technique for assessing tropical cyclone risk. Kerry is the author of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes and Atmospheric Convection, a very influential book in the atmospheric science community. In 2007, he was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.