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).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Speech: OIA-DOI Museum Brown Bag -- Monitoring the Earth with 40 Years of Landsat Data
Dr. Bruce Quirk, Program Coordinator of the Land Remote Sensing Program at the US Geological Survey
Rachel Carson Room, Stewart Lee Udall Department of Interior Building
For four decades, Landsat satellites have continuously acquired space-based images of the Earth's land surface, coastal shallows, and coral reefs. The Landsat Program, a joint effort of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was established to routinely gather land imagery from space. Dr. Bruce Quirk discussed the Landsat program and the continuous global record it has revealed.
This lecture was held in conjunction with the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the launch of the first Landsat satellite on July 23, 1972. As the world's longest-running Earth-observing satellite program, Landsat provides a comprehensive, impartial, and easy to access catalog of human and natural changes to the land. Landsat research is important in improving human health, environmental protection, biodiversity, energy production, water management, urban planning, disaster recovery, and crop monitoring.