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 Interior Museum Program (IMP) prepares a Department of the Interior Museum Property Management Summary Report (DOI Summary Report) annually. Each DOI Summary Report describes the resources, accomplishments, goals, and issues of the ten DOI bureaus and offices that manage museum collections. Each report is also a source of oversight for DOI museum collections and offers insights to the challenges the bureaus and offices face in managing museum collections as stewards for the American public.
Each bureau and office with museum collections submits an annual report to IMP detailing its museum collections based on a call for required information. The data and narratives in the bureau reports are analyzed by IMP staff who study trends over time and examine findings between the bureaus. They reconcile data in reports from previous years, identify and investigate anomalies, and update and refine data. In this way, each annual DOI Summary Report measures bureau performance, showcases bureau accomplishments, and brings persistent issues to light. This significant effort has given DOI and its bureaus a significantly better understanding of its collections.
Posting the annual Summary Reports online gives the public access to information about DOI collections and accomplishments, as well as the issues that the DOI currently faces in preserving and documenting its museum collections for the benefit of the American people. Recurring themes in the reports include: the estimated size and complexity of the DOI collections; accessioning and cataloging, including backlogs; preservation and conservation; inventory and accountability; the bureau and non-Federal facilities housing DOI collections; access and use of collections; and partnerships. The contents of the following DOI Summary Reports have evolved as recurring issues are addressed and new issues arise.