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.
U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Commences Public Comment Period
Policy Management and Budget
Signature Initiative of the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan
WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today announced that a public comment period will be held to collect suggestions for formation of a multi-stakeholder group that will implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a voluntary, multi-national framework for transparency in reporting revenues received for oil, gas and mineral extraction. The design of each EITI framework is country-specific, and is developed through a multi-year, consensus-based process by a multi-stakeholder group comprised of representatives from government, industry and civil society. Thus, the USEITI multi-stakeholder group will be responsible for the design of the U.S. framework and its implementation.
As a key element of President Obama's Open Government Partnership commitments, active public involvement is vital to the success of USEITI. Interested persons are urged to take advantage of the various opportunities to comment on the formation of the multi-stakeholder group and implementation of USEITI. The comment period will range from February 25, 2012, through April 9, 2012. The announcement was made via a Federal Register notice, which can be viewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-24/pdf/2012-4316.pdf.
To comment, those interested can visit the USEITI web page at www.doi.gov/EITI and fill out the form. Additionally, comments can be sent via email to EITI@ios.doi.gov. Other methods for commenting are listed in the Federal Register Notice itself, located at www.regulations.gov. Comments will also be collected through a series of public meetings to be announced in the near future or submitted by mail, addressed to:
c/o US Department of the Interior
1801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
The USEITI planning group is comprised of members from the White House and the Departments of Interior, State and Treasury.