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: SC CSC Director Presents "Introduction to the New SC CSC"
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On April 19 at 3:30 PM (Central), Dr. Kim Winton, SC CSC Director, will present a seminar, "Introduction to the New South Central Climate Science Center", to the University of Oklahoma Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability.
The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) is a new research center formed by the Department of the Interior. It is operated through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The SC CSC is hosted on the University Research Campus. The University of Oklahoma is the Host University and one of the research Consortium Members. Other members of the Consortium are Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, Louisiana State University, the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab. The groups all work together on themes such as climate change, precipitation variability, effects of climate on ecosystems and the human dimension related to climate change. The SC CSC just had its one year anniversary on March 1, 2013. This presentation will give you history of why the centers were established, a summary of the ongoing work, as well as information of how you can participate.