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: 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