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's newsletter, Interior Shelves, highlights some of the remarkable collections and exhibits managed and cared for by DOI bureaus and offices for use by researchers, educators, students, local communities, and many others.
Click on the links below to view and download the PDF file of each newsletter.
Issue 1 - Articles that highlight DOI bureau projects funded under a competitive program for Cultural and Scientific Collections. These include a BLM project to both catalog BLM museum objects and to educate children and the wider public about BLM collections in Montana, an anniversary celebration at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (FWS) to commemorate the sinking of the steamship Bertrand in 1865,a conservation assessment of USGS's Lunar Training Vehicle "Grover", and planning for a DOI-wide collections repository at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NPS).
Issue 2 - Articles about BLM Anasazi Heritage Center’s use of Facebook to highlight their collections, the importance of shopkeeper’s ledgers to the park’s history at C&O Canal National Historical Park, and the new display of the official secretarial portraits in the Stewart Lee Udall building in Washington, DC by the Interior Museum.
Issue 1 - Articles about NPS lesson plans that allow students to engage history by bringing museum collections into the classroom, a FWS project that uses zooarchaeological remains to study climate change, and a celebration at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (FWS) to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the steamship Bertrand.
Issue 2 - Articles about a NPS program at Morristown National Historical Park that gives students hands-on experience with primary source archives, a BIA collection that preserves native Alaskan cultural history, and a new exhibit at the Interior Museum that explores the intersection of DOI and pop culture.
Issue 1 - Articles about a partnership between Cape Cod National Seashore (NPS) and a local high school to bring documents about Native American genealogy to light, research on BOR's collection of bison fossils, and the reopening of the Interior Museum with an exhibit of Works Progress Administration (WPA) national park posters.
Issue 2 - Articles about the research and public outreach efforts at the Civil War archaeological site of Camp Lawton (FWS), the creation of a mobile museum with the help of Effigy Mounds National Monument (NPS), and new interactive programming at IACB's three museums.
Issue 1 - Articles about new NPS museum objects at Kalaupapa National Historical Park, the preservation of an archeological collection from an excavation at a National Historic Landmark in Oregon by a NPS curator and conservator, and the Frank Rinehart photograph collection owned and managed by Indian Affairs.
Issue 2- Articles about the archives collection of the Fish and Wildlife Service, especially those pertaining to the Civilian Conservation Corps, moving Nike Missile equipment between national park units for interpretative programming, and how the Indian Arts and Crafts Board are sharing their collections with the public.
Issue 1– Articles about D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives (FWS), virtual museum exhibits of the NPS, the Grand Canyon museum collection (NPS), and zoological collections of the USGS
Issue 2– Articles about the dinosaur exhibit at Dinosaur National Monument (NPS), the artwork provided to DOI senior staff through the Art-in-Office Program of the Interior Museum, and the partnership between the Flagstaff Area National Monuments and the Museum of Northern Arizona that promotes access and use of the important NPS collections.
Issue 3– Articles about Reclamation's collection at Hoover Dam, the preservation and use of totem poles at Sitka National Monument (NPS), and a BLM fossil collection at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
Issue 1– Articles about the basket collection at the Interior Museum, an unexpected fossil find at Olympic National Park (NPS), and the historic collection of USGS geologist Dr. David Love.
Issue 2 – Articles about the archeological collections at the Anasazi Heritage Center (BLM), a BLM fossil collection at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, ship models at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (NPS), and a collection of Civil War personal items donated to the Gettysburg National Military Park (NPS).