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.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
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 Reaffirms Interior's Commitment to Environmental Justice
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of President Obama's initiative to reinvigorate the federal commitment to environmental justice for minority and low-income communities, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced release of the Department of the Interior's Environmental Justice Strategic Plan 2012-2017.
The plan sets forth goals, strategies and measures that will enable the Department's bureaus and offices to work more effectively with disadvantaged communities to reduce environmental and health hazards. It outlines steps that the department will take to help protect communities facing disproportionate health and environmental risks.
“Every community deserves a healthy environment in which to live, learn, work, and play,” Secretary Salazar said. “That requires strong, coordinated federal protection against pollution and other environmental health hazards. Environmental justice is achieved when communities have equal access to the federal decision-making process and those efforts and programs provide the same degree of protection provided to other populations.
The strategic plan represents a significant step forward in Interior's commitment to integrate environmental justice into its programs, policies, and activities. It will help Interior to better serve minority and low-income communities, including American Indian tribes, by assisting local efforts to recover from environmental, economic and public health impacts associated with abandoned coal mines and industrial pollution.
It also will increase the efforts of government agencies to identify and use federal resources to the benefit of environmentally and economically distressed communities; to participate in community revitalization and economic development initiatives; and to conduct community outreach and education projects.
Over the past few years Secretary Salazar has participated in several initiatives of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice, including: the reconvening of the working group at the Cabinet level, a White House Forum on Environmental Justice, and the signing of an Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 Memorandum of Understanding.
Secretary Salazar, along with other federal officials, signed the Environmental Justice MOU in August 2011, committing to reviewing and updating strategies and to preparing Annual Implementation Progress Reports.
Throughout 2011, representatives from Interior participated in several listening sessions across the country including the 2011 and 2012 listening sessions held during the Alaska Forum on the Environment.
More about Interior's Environmental Justice Strategic Plan and Implementation Progress Report can be found on the web site of the Office of the Secretary's Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC): http://www.doi.gov/oepc/justice.html. This office provides direction and coordinates the development of environmental policy and program evaluation under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management and Budget Rhea Suh.