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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Secretary Salazar Hosts America's Great Outdoors Initiative Listening Session in Denver
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Last edited 4/25/2016
DENVER — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today hosted a public listening session on how to better conserve our nation's land, water and wildlife and open up more opportunities for Americans to enjoy outdoor recreation.
The listening session, one of a series taking place across the country, is part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to address the pressures on our landscapes from population growth, habitat fragmentation, climate change and other threats by developing a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st century and reconnecting Americans with the great outdoors.
“Living in one of our country's most scenic areas, the people of Colorado have a deep love of the great outdoors and a strong conservation heritage,” Salazar said. “If we are going to develop an effective conservation agenda for the 21st century for our country, we must reach out to communities in Colorado and across our land to hear their ideas and to support their efforts to conserve our land, water and wildlife.”
“The America's Great Outdoors initiative will support a conservation agenda that builds on successes at the local level,” he said. “We are engaged in a national dialogue about conservation that will lead to greater support for the conservation efforts of private citizens and local communities.”
“Public and private conservation and natural resource stewardship are integral to the history, culture, and prosperity of Colorado,” said Harris Sherman, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. “We look forward to hearing in greater detail about the hard work happening in the area, because support for successful regional and local conservation efforts will be key as we chart a 21st century conservation agenda.”
President Obama inaugurated the America's Great Outdoors Initiative at the White House Conference on the Great Outdoors in April. The conference brought together leaders from communities across the country that are working to protect their outdoor spaces and focused on developing and supporting innovative ideas for improving conservation and recreation at the local level.
In a Presidential Memorandum, he called on the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality to lead the initiative, in coordination with the Departments of Defense, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Labor, Transportation, Education, and the Office of Management and Budget.
From coast to coast, ranchers, farmers, sportsmen, conservationists, state and local government leaders, tribal leaders, public lands experts, youth leaders, business representatives have been attending listening sessions to discuss the challenges, opportunities and innovations surrounding modern-day land conservation and the importance of reconnecting Americans to the outdoors.