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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Secretary Jewell to Celebrate Point Arena-Stornetta Addition to California Coastal Monument
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POINT ARENA – On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join the local community and other federal, state and local leaders to celebrate President Obama's designation today of the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of California Coastal National Monument.
Jewell will be joined by White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots, Bureau of Land Management Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze, and other local leaders.
The 1,665 acres of public lands at Point Arena-Stornetta is the first shoreline addition to the monument, which was first established in 2000 to protect more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California's coast.
The President's action honors years of work from Point Arena community and businesses for increased protection and recognition for the significant and spectacular stretch of public lands along the Mendocino coastline in Northern California.
In addition to providing scenic recreation for residents and visitors and an outdoor classroom near Point Arena schools, the lands are recognized by state and federal agencies as containing significant natural resources, including important wildlife habitat, coastal bluffs and shelves, tide pools, dunes, coastal prairies, and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Mike Boots, White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director at the Bureau of Land Management
Other local leaders and officials
Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands Celebration
Wednesday, March 12, 2014; 2:00 p.m. PDT
Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands off Lighthouse Road
Parking and shuttle services will be provided at:
Point Arena City Hall
451 School St.
Pt. Arena, CA 95468
Media interested in attending the event are encouraged to RSVP here by 6pm PDT.