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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Secretary Jewell, Senators Udall and Heinrich to Make Announcement at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Visit to New Mexico to celebrate 50th anniversary of Land and Water Conservation Fund, highlight innovative program's role in strengthening local economies and establishing urban parks and outdoor recreation areas
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – On Friday, August 8, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle and state and local officials to make an announcement regarding the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.
Jewell will also highlight the Land and Water Conservation Fund's contributions to urban parks, clean water, outdoor recreation and healthy economies in New Mexico.
Valle de Oro is the Southwest's first urban national wildlife refuge and one of eight refuges in New Mexico. Originally approved in September 2012, the refuge will provide educational and recreational opportunities as well as environmental benefits for the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area. More than 100 partners have contributed to the creation of the refuge.
Over the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which contributed more than $5.8 million to the refuge, has served as one of the most effective tools for conservation, outdoor recreation and economic growth in local communities; however, it is set to expire next year without action from Congress.
The program has re-invested a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas development into projects in all 50 states and U.S. territories, creating community parks and trails and protecting clean water sources.
The New Mexico visit is one in a series of events Jewell is holding across the country this week with local elected officials and stakeholders to support President Obama's budget proposal to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Tom Udall, U.S. Senator for New Mexico Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senator for New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Representative for New Mexico Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Local Stakeholders and Community Partners
WHAT: Announcement for Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
WHEN: Friday, August 8, 2014 11:45 am MDT – Media check-in 12:00 pm MDT – Announcement followed by brief media availability
WHERE: Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge 7851 2nd St SW Albuquerque, NM
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the announcement are encouraged to RSVP HERE by August 7, 2014, at 6:00 pm MDT.