Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
The general rule among government agencies is that we're happy to supply data (we have quite a bit), but that apps based on that data should be created by private enterprise. There are, of course, exceptions. Most exceptions are for inward-facing apps (apps for feds to use, to get our jobs done better), but there are also excellent public-facing apps.
If you're considering contracting for app creation (or crafting one yourself or with fellow Interior staff), consider the following:
Is there a genuine need for the app? There should be.
Would a mobile-responsive website/page do the job better/cheaper/easier? Let it.
Would the app compete with private industry? It should not.
Have you budgeted for quality? No one wants a three-, two-, or one-star app with their agency's name on it.
Have you budgeted to maintain the app? An app that becomes useless (or even just less useful) at the next point update or security patch, really isn't an app that we want to spend taxpayer money to develop.
Are you developing (at least) for both iOS and Android? You should.
Are the expected (not "hoped for") results worth the expense? They should be.
There are many more considerations, but these should get you started on the path to a good decision.