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: American Indian Math and Science Society Students Attend Workshop at SC CSC
The American Indian Math and Science Society students attended a 3 day workshop hosted at the University of Oklahoma, at the South Central Climate Science Center. The American Indian Math & Science Society (AIMSS) is designed to provide enrichment activities for middle school and high school (7th, 8th and 9th grade) American Indian students from rural Oklahoma schools. AIMSS goal is to address the disparity in the numbers between between white and American Indian students in math and sciences disciplines. The students learned about sustainability and did exercises to learn about flood plain management and soil adsorption and recharge, climate change among many other science and math topics. April Taylor, Sustainability Scientist and Tribal Liaison for the SC CSC planned and participated extensively in the workshop. Kim Winton, Director of the SC CSC assisted with the floodplain demonstration. Students are pictures using a floodplain model and evaluating different run-off scenarios (wetlands, impervious surface, retention pond) (Model courtesy of the OK Water Science Center).