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.
Coral Reef Conservation; Northern Mariana Islands Land Transfer: HR 934
Nikolao I. Pula, JR.
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs
House Natural Resources Committee
Subcommittee on Insular affairs, Oceans and wildlife
a Bill to Convey Certain Submerged Lands to the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Order to Give that
Territory the Same Benefits in its Submerged Lands as Guam,
The Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have in their Submerged Lands
February 25, 2009
Madam Chair and members of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife, I am pleased to appear before you today to discuss H.R. 934. I am Nikolao Pula, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs.
H.R. 934 would give the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) authority over its submerged lands from mean high tide seaward to three geographical miles distant from its coast lines.
The Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
in Political Union with the United States of America defines the unique relationship between the Northern Mariana Islands and the United States, recognizing U.S. sovereignty but limiting, in some respects, the applicability of federal law. Under the Covenant, the submerged lands off the coasts of the Northern Mariana Islands did not transfer to the CNMI when the Covenant came into force. This was subsequently confirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court in the case of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands v. the United States of America.
As a result, CNMI does not own the submerged lands within three miles of its shores, unlike the states and territories that have been granted submerged lands by the Submerged Lands Act and the Territorial Submerged Lands Act, respectively. Consequences of this decision are that CNMI cannot authorize and control the development of the natural resources or enforce its laws within these three miles.
The Department of the Interior, therefore, supports enactment of H.R. 934.