Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Secretary Jewell, Deputy Secretary Hayes to Release Ground-Breaking USGS Geologic Carbon Sequestration Assessment
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a teleconference on Wednesday, June 26, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes will join scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to release the first-ever detailed national geologic carbon sequestration assessment. The assessment comes on the heels of a national plan to combat climate change announced earlier today by President Obama.
Researchers are investigating the potential of carbon sequestration to help reduce and mitigate carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. The most common method of geologic carbon storage involves pressurizing carbon dioxide gas into a liquid and then injecting it into subsurface rock layers for long-term storage. Based on present-day geologic and hydrologic knowledge of the subsurface and current engineering practices, the USGS assessment reported on technically accessible carbon storage capacity in 36 sedimentary basins around the nation.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-888-957-9867 and entering access code: INTERIOR.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes
USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator Brenda Pierce
Press Teleconference to Release U.S. Geologic Carbon Sequestration Assessment
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-888-957-9867 and entering passcode: INTERIOR.