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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Readout of Secretary Salazar, Deputy Secretary Hayes and BSEE Director Watson's Participation in the Ministerial Forum on Offshore Energy Safety in Norway
Office of the Secretary
TRONDHEIM, NORWAY – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined senior foreign government officials and oil and gas industry leaders in a Ministerial Forum on Offshore Energy Safety in Trondheim, Norway, to continue an ongoing global dialogue about safe and environmentally responsible offshore drilling.
This dialogue will inform the Obama administration's efforts to expand development of America's offshore energy resources, including exploration in the Alaskan Arctic, while ensuring the strongest possible safety and environmental oversight of offshore oil and gas activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
Secretary Salazar was joined in Norway by a U.S. delegation including Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director James A. Watson.
In response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration undertook the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history. As part of a commitment to reduce the risks associated with offshore drilling around the world, Secretary Salazar outlined these historic reforms and shared best practices and lessons learned in offshore oil and gas development, including in the Arctic, during meetings this week with ministers and senior government officials from nations engaged in offshore oil and gas operations.
The forum was hosted by Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe and included senior representatives from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and the European Union.
In addition to today's Ministerial Forum focused on offshore safety, Secretary Salazar's visit to Norway included a visit to an offshore oil production facility and a roundtable discussion on sustainable Arctic energy development with senior government and industry officials.
Remarks made by Secretary Salazar and Deputy Secretary Hayes at yesterday's Arctic roundtable are available HERE.
As part of a shared commitment to reduce the risks associated with offshore drilling around the world, forum participants emphasized the need to establish a means of sharing data on incidents, including near-misses, as expeditiously as possible to maximize the opportunity to benefit from lessons learned and in order to identify and react effectively to industry-wide risks.
The participants in the forum affirmed the importance of a Ministerial-level dialogue and committed to meet again in 2013. This commitment was formalized in a joint statement signed by Secretary Salazar and Minster Broten Moe, as prior and current hosts of the forum, available HERE.
Today's forum builds on last year's Ministerial Forum on Offshore Drilling Containment, hosted by Secretary Salazar in Washington, D.C., which included discussions on well containment and lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.