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 Hold Media Availability on Alaska Trip, Climate Science Research
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ANCHORAGE, AK – Following a briefing from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on the Alaska Climate Science Center and the Alaska Mapping Initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will hold a media availability in Anchorage on Tuesday, September 3.
The Alaska Climate Science Center opened as the first of eight regional Interior climate science centers in 2011. A partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the USGS, the center is focused on the creation of information that can be readily used in climate change adaptation, management and planning. The Alaska Climate Science Center plays an important role in President Obama's comprehensive Climate Action Plan and works to provide managers and decision makers with the tools they need to support adaptation and sustainability for natural and cultural resources in a rapidly changing Arctic.
The USGS is also working with the State of Alaska and multiple federal agencies on an initiative to produce new topographic maps of the state, replacing outdated maps that are more than 50 years old. The new, more accurate maps are expected to have many benefits and applications, including improved aviation transportation and a landscape-level understanding of Alaska.
Secretary Jewell is currently making a multi-day trip to Alaska that includes visits to: the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay to inform a pending decision concerning the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Land Exchange/Road Corridor; the North Slope and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to discuss issues regarding resource development and public lands management; and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
USGS Glenn Olds Hall
Alaska Pacific University Campus
4210 University Drive
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Credentialed members of the media are welcome to attend and should RSVP here no later than Monday, September 2 at 2:00pm AKDT