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.
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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 Natural Resources Investment Center will use market-based tools and innovative public-private collaborations to conserve natural resources, cultivate efficient water allocation, and promote increased investments in critical infrastructure in conjunction with Department of the Interior’s conservation and stewardship mission. Its purpose is to increase investment in water conservation and build up water supply resilience, foster private investment to advance efficient permitting and facilitate meaningful conservation, and increase investment in critical water infrastructure.
The Center is inspired by President Obama’s Build America Investment Initiative, which calls on federal agencies to find new ways to increase investment in ports, roads, water and sewer systems, bridges, broadband networks, and other 21st-century infrastructure projects, by facilitating partnerships among federal, state, local and tribal governments, and private sector investors.
The Build America Investment Initiative is a government-wide initiative called for by the President to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth. As part of the Initiative, the Administration is launching the Center – housed at the Department of the Interior – to bring market-based approaches to Interior’s conservation mission and to serve as a one-stop shop for cities and states seeking to use innovative financing and partnerships with the private sector to support water infrastructure, banking and mitigation.