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.
DOINews: Reclamation Central California Area Office Holds C.A.S.T. for Kids Event at Lake Berryessa
On Saturday, Oct. 13, 20 excited youngsters ages 5 to
15 participated in a C.A.S.T. (Catch A Special Thrill) event at Lake Berryessa
in Napa, County, Calif. Pleasure Cove Marina hosted the event in conjunction
with the Bureau of Reclamation's Central California Area Office. Reclamation
thanks Pleasure Cove Marina for providing the site, the BBQ lunch and several of
The children, all of whom have disabilities or disadvantages, gathered for a
wonderful day of outdoor fun. The children were first taught about water safety
before getting a chance to go fishing on a boat. For many, this was their first
time either fishing or boating. The kids loved getting their fishing equipment
and going out on the water (even though, unfortunately, very few fish were
The event couldn't have taken place without the 11 boat
captains and the many wonderful sponsors and volunteers representing 23
organizations including the California Department of Fish and Game, CAL Fire,
the Napa County Sheriff's Department, Yolo Foster Care, Big Brothers - Big
Sisters, Foster Care of Solano County, C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special
Advocate), Napa and Solano County Schools' Special Education Departments, Travis
Air Force Base, Monticello Ski Club, Fairfield Suisun Bass Reapers, and Best
Interpretive programs and events at Lake Berryessa tie into President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative,
which seeks to empower Americans to share in the responsibility to conserve,
restore and provide better access to our lands and waters and leave a healthy,
vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. Ranger-led activities also
support the Department of the Interior's Let's Move Outside initiative,
which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that
abound in every city, town and community.
As part of the Let's Move Outside initiative, the participants were
given healthy snacks, information on nutrition and a balanced diet, and
encouraged to enjoy the outdoors and exercise 60 minutes a day. Organic Clif
Bars were provided for breakfast and as snacks for the children while on the
water. Clif Bar is a partner that has provided healthy snacks for this event for
several years. Turkey burgers were served for lunch instead of hamburgers or
hotdogs, fruit cups replaced potato chips, and water and Gatorade were served
rather than high-sugar soda/fruit juice.