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.
Interior Deputy Secretary Connor to Visit National Interagency Fire Center
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor will visit the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) to meet with leaders of the federal interagency fire leadership team and receive briefings on the current fire situation, increasing costs of wildland fire and the challenges presented by a changing climate and evolving fire environment. News media availability with Deputy Secretary Connor will be held at 1 p.m. MST.
During his visit, Connor will underscore Interior's support for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and the President's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal to budget fire suppression costs the same as other natural disasters. The President's budget request, modeled on the current disaster cap that funds FEMA and disaster programs, would allow for a balanced suppression and proactive fuels management and restoration program, with flexibility to accommodate peak fire seasons. The proposal tracks closely with legislation authored by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho and Representatives Mike Simpson of Idaho and Kurt Schrader of Oregon.
Connor's visit follows Secretary Sally Jewell's tour of the Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center (North Ops) in Redding, Calif., where she met with members of the interagency fire leadership team, employees from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service and toured on-the-ground fuels management projects in the surrounding area.
NIFC Predictive Services anticipate that above normal fire potential will continue across much of the West Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington in August and through most of September.
WHO: Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Ron Dunton, BLM Assistant Director, Fire and Aviation
WHAT: News media availability with Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor
WHEN: Tuesday, August 26, 2014; media availability at 1 p.m. MST
WHERE: Jack Wilson Building Multipurpose Room National Interagency Fire Center 3822 Development Avenue Boise, Idaho 83705-5354
RSVP: Media interested in attending the media availability are encouraged to RSVP by calling Randy Eardley at NIFC, 208-871-7527.