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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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.
Update: Secretaries Salazar and Chu to Convene Meeting on Strengthening Deepwater Blowout Containment Capabilities
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will convene top U.S. government scientists and key industry and stakeholder leaders to discuss how to strengthen capabilities for responding to potential blowouts of oil and gas wells in deepwaters on the Outer Continental Shelf.
The September 22, 2010 panel discussion will help guide reforms that are raising the bar for the oil and gas industry's practices, inform recommendations on whether and how to lift the current deepwater drilling suspension, and assist in establishing a path forward for government and industry collaboration on improving blowout containment capabilities.
The conference will be held in the auditorium of the South Interior Building from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Credentialed news media are invited to attend.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes
Retired Admiral and National Incident Commander, Thad Allen
Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director, United States Geological Survey
Dr. Thomas Hunter, former Director, Sandia National Laboratories
Michael R. Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement
Rear Admiral Brian M. Salerno, Deputy Commandant for Operations, United States Coast Guard
Andrew Inglis, Chief Executive of Exploration & Production, BP
Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman& CEO, ExxonMobil
Hon. Don Winter, PhD, National Academy of Engineering
Elgie Holstein, Environmental Defense Fund
Meeting with scientists and key stakeholders to discuss strengthened containment strategies for offshore deepwater blowouts
South Interior Building Auditorium, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Credentialed news media are invited to attend the meeting.
(Moderated by Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes)
Secretary Ken Salazar
Secretary Steven Chu
Retired Adm. Thad Allen, National Incident Commander
Dr. Thomas Hunter (former Director, Sandia National Laboratories)
Dr. Marcia McNutt (Director, United States Geological Survey)
Rear Admiral Brian M. Salerno (Deputy Commandant for Operations, United States Coast Guard)
(Moderated by Michael R. Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement)
Andrew Inglis, BP Chief Executive of Exploration & Production
Rex W. Tillerson, ExxonMobil Chairman & CEO
Hon. Don Winter,PhD, National Academy of Engineering