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.
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that Adam Fetcher will join his communications team as Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Since 2009, Fetcher has served in the public affairs office of the Department of Homeland Security, most recently as Assistant Press Secretary.
“With his experience at the Department of Homeland Security and his strong writing and communication skills, Adam Fetcher will be a terrific addition to our communications team,” said Secretary Salazar.
A graduate of Carleton College, Fetcher was a staff writer with a Minnesota newspaper and worked in marketing at a New York City non-profit before joining the Obama for America campaign in 2008 in Florida. After working on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition team, he joined the Department of Homeland Security, where he has coordinated communications for Secretary Napolitano and other senior DHS officials on a wide range of issues, including counterterrorism, law enforcement, immigration, border security, and disaster response.
Fetcher joins Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director Matt Lee-Ashley, Deputy Director of Communications Kate Kelly, Deputy Press Secretary Jordan Montoya, and New Media Director Tim Fullerton and career public affairs staff in Interior's Office of Communications.