Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
DOINews: Estimating Land Cover Change on the Gulf of Mexico Coast
Researchers from the USGS EROS Center and the University of South Florida published an article in Geocarto International, “Quantifying urban land cover change between 2001 and 2006 in the Gulf of Mexico region.” They estimated urbanization rates (2001–2006) in the Gulf of Mexico region using the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 2001 and 2006 impervious surface products. Their estimation reveals that impervious surface increased at a rate of 5.8% between 2001 and 2006 in that region. This trend, especially within 10 km off the coast, potentially imposes substantial long-term impacts on regional landscape and ecological conditions. The article is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10106049.2011.652675