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).
The Southeast Climate Science Center recently co-sponsored a viewing of the documentary "Chasing Ice" on campus at North Carolina State University. A lively discussion panel followed the viewing. The Technician, a Raleigh, NC news source, covered the event:
"The Southeast Climate Science Center and the University Sustainability Office sponsored a screening of Chasing Ice, a documentary about climate change, Wednesday at the Campus Cinema in Witherspoon Student Center.
The film detailed the expeditions and discoveries of National Geographic photographer James Balog and sparked a provocative discussion among faculty and students who were present.
Independent filmmaker Jeff Orlowski's most recent creation, Chasing Ice, follows Balog and his crew as they seek to provide a detailed record of the world's changing glaciers. The film, primarily composed of interviews of crewmembers and footage of the journey, makes a concerted effort to look at the different perspectives regarding global warming and how it affects the world's population.
Kenneth Zagacki, professor and head of the N.C. State communication department, said he found the film fascinating. During the panel, Zagacki talked about the significance of climate change in today's society..."