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 Salazar Meets with Palau President Toribiong
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today met with the new President of Palau Johnson Toribiong at the Department the Interior. This is President Toribiong's first official visit to Washington, D.C. since he was inaugurated on January 15th.
At the meeting today, President Toribiong and the Secretary discussed the Compact of Free Association between the U.S. Government and Palau, the financial provisions of which are scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2009. Upon emerging from the United Nation's Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Palau entered into a 50-year Compact of Free Association with the United States which began on October 1, 1994. The financial provisions are schedule to expire after 15 years.
Secretary Salazar assured President Toribiong that Palau would remain on the Department's agenda and described ongoing efforts to staff positions at the highest levels of the Department and Insular Affairs. He said his staff would be working collaboratively with the Department of State and other federal agencies to ensure a cohesive and unified approach to Palau.
The Secretary thanked the President and Palau's Ambassador to the United States, Hersey Kyota for the service and sacrifices of the citizens of Palau who proudly serve in the U.S. armed forces. Citizens of Palau are among the highest per capita members of the armed forces, compared to other U.S. jurisdictions.
President Toribiong was accompanied at the meeting by Palau Minister of State Sandra Pierentozzi; Palau's Ambassador to the U.S., Hersey Kyota; and Palau Senator Regina K. Mesebeluu. Also attending the meeting were Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs, Nikolao Pula; Director of Budgets and Compact Grants, Tom Bussanich; and Palau Desk Officer, Tanya Joshua. Ms. Alcy Frelick, Director of the Office of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State also attended.