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.
Indian Land Trusts, Environmental Scholarship: HR 2040
Statement ofGeorge Skibine
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development
for Indian Affairs
United States Department of the Interior
At the Hearing before the House Committee on Natural Resources on
"To authorize a process by which the Secretary of the Interior
shall process acquisitions of certain real property
of the Samish Nation into trust,
and for other purposes."
June 3, 2009
Good morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee.My name is George Skibine, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development for Indian Affairs.I am pleased to be here to present the Administration's views on H.R. 2040, a bill to authorize a process by which the Secretary of the Interior shall process acquisitions of certain real property of the Samish Indian Tribe into trust, and for other purposes.
Currently, the Department manages approximately 56 million acres of land held in trust.Over 11 million acres belongto individual Indians and nearly 45 million acres are held in trust for Indian Tribes.On these lands, Interior manages over 100,000 leases for individual Indians and Tribes.
The Department opposes H. R. 2040, which would provide the Secretary of the Interior authority to treat any acquisition application by the Samish Indian Tribe within the area described in Section 1 (b) as an on-reservation application under 25 CFR 151.We do not see any justification to exempt these off-reservation parcels from the requirements of 25 CFR 151.11 (which applies to off-reservation lands).The major difference between the regulatory provision applying to on-reservation acquisitions (25 CFR 151.10) and the provision applying to off-reservation acquisitions (25 CFR 151.11) is the weight given to the concerns of off-reservation local communities.In our view, the concerns of non-Indian communities that may be affected by off-reservation trust acquisitions are an important criterion in the Secretary's discretionary decision of whether to acquire off-reservation land into trust, and it should be preserved.
We did note in the bill that the Samish Tribe is also referred to as the "Samish Indian Nation".For purposes of clarity and consistency, we suggest that if the bill were to move forward that it should be amended to refer to the Tribe as the "Samish Indian Tribe, Washington" as it is referred to in the current list of federally recognized Indian tribes.73Fed. Reg. 18,553 (Apr. 4, 2008).
This concludes my prepared statement, I will be happy to respond to any questions you may have.