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.
TODAY: Secretary Jewell, USGS to Release Oil and Gas Assessment for Bakken and Three Forks Formations
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WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and other Interior leaders will participate in a press teleconference this morning to release the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) updated oil and gas resource assessment for the Bakken Formation and a new assessment for the Three Forks Formation – both located in the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Joining Secretary Jewell will be Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball and Brenda Pierce, USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator.
Since a 2008 USGS assessment of the Bakken Formation, more than 4,000 wells have been drilled in the Williston Basin, providing important new subsurface geologic data. Previously little data existed on the Three Forks Formation and it was generally thought to be unproductive. The USGS undertook the assessment as part of a nationwide project assessing U.S. petroleum basins using standardized methodology and protocol.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-888-947-9021 and entering access code: INTERIOR.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator Brenda Pierce
Press teleconference to unveil results of new oil and gas resource assessment for the Bakken and Three Forks Formations
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. EDT
Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference call by dialing 888-947-9021 and entering passcode: INTERIOR