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 Hold Groundbreaking for Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project
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On Thursday, October 14 at 11 a.m., Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will lead a groundbreaking for the construction of the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project. The linking of these two canals by a new underground pipeline and pumping plant will improve the reliability of water supplies in a part of California hardest hit by dry conditions and loss of jobs.
The Administration has committed $15.8 million of Interior Department funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the completion of the Intertie. CALFED funding is $8.8 million. The remaining funding will come from contributed funds and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation budget. The total project cost is approximately $28 million. The new facility will be located approximately five miles west of the City of Tracy, California. The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and the California Department of Water Resources are project partners.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes
Michael Connor, Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
David Nawi, Senior Advisor to the Secretary
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Congressman Dennis Cardoza
Congressman Jim Costa
Congressman Jerry McNerney
Lester Snow, California Secretary for Natural Resources
Mark Cowin, Director, California Department of Water Resources
Mike Stearns, Chairman of the Board, San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority
Brent H. Ives, Mayor, City of Tracy
Members of the State Senate and Assembly
Other Leaders from the,San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, Banta-Carbona Irrigation District, West Stanislaus Irrigation District
Western Area Power Administration, San Luis Water District, Friant Water Authority and Shimmick Construction Company