Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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).
USGS contributes to assessment of Biodiversity Loss and its Impact on Humanity
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Marking 20 years since the “Rio Earth Summit,” a diverse team of the world's experts on the contributions of biodiversity to ecosystem functioning released a synthesis report in Nature Magazine on June 7, 2012. Led by Bradley Cardinale of the University Michigan and contributed to by James Grace of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, the assessment team worked hard to hammer out a consensus statement based on the review of over 600 ecological studies conducted over the past two decades. The motivation for achieving a consensus statement was the substantial controversy that has surrounded this topic regarding methodology and inference. Publication of this review article is timely, as international leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro June 20 – 22, 2012, for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as the Rio+20 Conference.