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.
Salazar Announces $43 Million for Nevada and Lake Tahoe Restoration, Conservation and Recreation Projects
WASHINGTON, DC -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that Interior will commit more than $43.1 million for a variety of conservation and recreation improvement projects throughout Nevada and Lake Tahoe.
The funding is a result of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), which uses proceeds from sales of federal land in Clark County, Nevada, to fund environmental restoration, conservation and public recreational projects throughout the state.
“Nevada's natural beauty and unique landscapes are economic engines for the state, and these funds will not only help restore and enhance these special areas for future generations, but the projects will create jobs and provide vital resources to hard hit communities for the benefit of all who live in and visit the state,” said Secretary Salazar.
“The BLM is committed to ensuring that the American people benefit from their public lands,” said Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, who oversees the public land sales. “The BLM values its strategic partnership with the State of Nevada and we are committed to ensuring that our public lands continue to play a central role in the economy of the state and in the lives of its citizens. The projects funded by this program are especially critical during these tough economic times.”
The Round 12 projects will generate more than 645 permanent full-time jobs over nine years, including 125 jobs by the end of 2012.
Funding approved in Round 12 expenditures under the Act includes more than $7.5 million for projects throughout Nevada in the following categories:
Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $1,319,222
Capital Improvements - $1,109,275
Conservation Initiatives - $1,641,671
Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $877,600
Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention - $1,496,600
The Round 12 package also includes the Department of the Interior's final obligations under the SNPLMA legislation -- $34,139,397 for Lake Tahoe Restoration Projects; as well as $1.5 million in a special account reserve for emergency or unexpected project expenditures.
The Department has contributed more than $2.6 billion to key restoration projects throughout Nevada, including more than $300 million for Lake Tahoe Basin restoration since passage of the Act in 1998, which completes the Federal share of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program. This $300 million, in conjunction with local, state and private donations, has resulted in more than $1 billion to restore Lake Tahoe's water clarity and critical natural resources, and enhance public safety through the implementation of hazardous fuels reduction projects to protect lives and property throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.