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:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
Secretary Jewell Visits Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands
Secretary Sally Jewell and Dave Sutton with the Trust for Public Lands discuss the Point Arena Stornetta area. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell listens during the public discussion part of the trip. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Sally Jewell, US Representative Jared Huffman, Bureau of Land Management Prinicipal Deputy Director Neil Kornze gather with other visitors to the Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell and other visitors hike around the Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands area. Photo: US Department of the Interior
“Today I had a chance to hike this spectacular coastline and to see first-hand how important this area is for the community– from tourism to outdoor recreation,” said Jewell. “And this afternoon I heard from a community who is proud of their incredible landscapes and proud of the work they've done over the years." Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted a public listening session in Point Arena, California in the Stornetta Public Lands area to hear from the community about their vision to conserve a scenic and significant area of coastal public lands in Mendocino County. Secretary Jewell was joined by Congressman Jared Huffman and the Bureau of Land Management Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze.