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:
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Secretary Jewell to Team Up with CAL FIRE to Raise Awareness as California Prepares for Above Normal Wildfire Season
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SAN DIEGO, California – On Tuesday, May 6, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join with California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, Chief Ken Pimlott, Director of CAL FIRE and other key Southern California first responders to educate the public and communities on how they can help prepare for what's expected to be a serious fire season throughout California.
The San Diego event is part of California's Wildfire Awareness Week, a weeklong series of events up and down the Golden State to discuss simple steps the public and communities can take to prepare for and prevent the wildfires.
As climate change spurs extended droughts and longer fire seasons, the Obama Administration is working with state, local and tribal partners to maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address the nation's wildland fire threats.
According to a congressionally-mandated FLAME Act report, the current wildfire outlook for significant fires in California through May 2014 is above normal. The U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior are projected to spend over $470 million more than is available to fight wildfires this season. The report estimates that the Forest Service and Interior may need to spend $1.8 billion fighting fires this year, while the agencies have only $1.4 billion available for firefighting.
In 2013, nearly 10,000 fires were reported in the state, burning 578,000 acres. The largest was the Rim Fire that burned more than 257,000 acres across the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, destroying homes, commercial properties and threatening the Hetch-Hetchy Valley and reservoir, a water source for the city of San Francisco.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources Chief Ken Pimlott, Director, CAL FIRE Greg Griswold, San Diego (MVU) Unit Chief Mark Ghilarducci, Director, California Office of Emergency Services Shawna Legarza, U.S. Forest Service Region 5 Director of Fire & Aviation Management
Wildfire Awareness Event
Tuesday, May 6, 2014; 11:30 a.m. PDT
CAL FIRE San Diego Unit Headquarters
2249 Jamacha Road
El Cajon, San Diego County,
Media wishing to attend the event should RSVP here.