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 Interagency Federal Collections Alliance (IFCA) was formed in 1992 as the Interagency Federal Collections Working Group to conduct a national survey of all institutions that might hold Federal museum collections. The IFCA's interest has been in the welfare of collections for which Federal agencies are responsible, whether housed in Federal facilities or in partner institutions [non-Federal entities that hold Federal property]. Federal activities have generated museum collections since this country was founded. Implementation of environmental and cultural protection laws is increasing the quantity of museum collections that are the responsibility of Federal agencies and their partners. The IFCA has not been active since 2003, but its goals and activities are relevant today and deserve to be preserved and made widely available. It is hoped that the IFCA will be reconvened soon.
The Interagency Federal Collections Alliance is committed to enhancing access and use of Federal museum collections by effectively documenting and managing them.
The IFCA will assist Federal agencies, partner institutions, and the American public in recognizing museum collections as resources of national importance. It encourages agencies to recognize that their museum property is integral to fulfilling agency missions, and will identify and share best practices for managing Federal museum collections. It actively supports the following goals and objectives to achieve its vision.
1. Improve recognition and support for Federal museum property collections.
A. Promote and increase communication among Federal agencies and all who share its vision. B. Promote and increase partnerships between Federal agencies and non-Federal repositories that manage Federal museum collections.
2. Encourage use of best practices of the museum profession for managing Federal museum collections.
A. Evaluate existing authorities for managing Federally associated museum property. B. Increase availability of information on best practices among Federal agencies and between Federal agencies and partner institutions.
3. Comply with laws, regulations and other mandates for managing Federal museum collections.
A. Assist Federal agencies in identifying and managing museum collections for which they may be responsible. B. Assist partner institutions in effectively managing Federal museum property for which they may share responsibility.
Federally Associated Collections
Millions of artifacts and specimens collected as a result of Federal activities are held in public trust by more than one thousand Federal and non-Federal institutions throughout the United States. The IFCA encourages agencies and partner institutions to create new and revive old partnerships, and to strengthen strategies for managing Federally Associated collections of all kinds.
The IFCA sponsored training conferences to provide a forum to foster communication and cooperation among Federal agencies and non-Federal institutions.
IFCA sponsored conferences on "Partnership Opportunities for Federally Associated Collections":