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.
Secretary Salazar to Dedicate National Conservation Areas in Southern Utah
Celebration will help Kick-Off National Tourism Week
Last edited 4/27/2016
On Monday, May 7, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey will host a dedication ceremony for the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas – welcoming members of the public as well as state, local and tribal officials to highlight the economic benefits of outdoor recreation and locally-supported conservation initiatives for communities in southern Utah.
The new national conservation areas, which were designated by Congress in 2009, are part of BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), which contains approximately 27 million acres of the West's most spectacular landscapes. The ceremony program will also feature a performance by the Shivwitz Band of Paiute youth dancers and a blessing from an Elder from the Shivwitz Band of Paiute.
The event is free and will be open to the public. The ceremony will take place at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah, with the stunning Red Mountain Wilderness as a backdrop.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
BLM Director Bob Abbey
State, Local and Tribal Officials
Dedication ceremony for Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas as part of the NLCS