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 Seeks Additional Information on Proposed Road through Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
Calls for additional government-to-government consultation with Alaska Natives, report from Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs regarding merits of road for medical evaluations from King Cove based on life safety concerns
Washington, D.C. – Following a meeting with Alaska Natives from King Cove, Alaska and in response to concerns raised by the Alaska delegation, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is seeking additional information and has directed additional government-to-government consultation to inform a pending decision concerning the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Land Exchange/Road Corridor as directed under the 2009 Omnibus Land Act.
“As I said when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final Environmental Impact Statement, the preferred alternative would protect the heart of a pristine landscape that Congress designated as wilderness and that serves as vital habitat for grizzly bear, caribou and salmon, shorebirds and waterfowl,” Secretary Salazar said. “The important analysis contained in the FEIS is based on exhaustive scientific review and extensive public dialogue, including government-to-government consultation.”
“Pursuant to the unique trust relationship that Interior holds with Alaska Natives, and in response to concerns raised that a non-commercial road is necessary for medical evacuations from King Cove, I believe that additional steps and dialogue are appropriate before a final decision is made,” added Salazar. “In reaching the Department's final decision on this matter, the Secretary will consider the full record before the Department, including the Fish and Wildlife Service's final Environmental Impact Statement, information presented in a report from the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, and comments received during a public meeting in King Cove convened by the Secretary.”
Secretary Salazar outlined the additional steps that will be taken, including additional government-to-government consultation and additional public meetings in a memorandum to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. The memo is available here.