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.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1500-1508) (CEQ NEPAnet - POLICY, REGULATIONS, NEPA LINKS ) require that the Department has an effective compliance program and implementing procedures and its bureaus have similar programs and internal guidance. This includes issuing policy, technical, and procedural guidance; providing technical assistance; determining technical and procedural adequacy of certain environmental documents; resolving intra-Departmental differences that involve more than one program Assistant Secretary and interagency differences; conducting ongoing evaluation of compliance; and identifying problems, recommending solutions and implementing changes for improving Departmental and bureau compliance programs.
Natural Resources Management Team functions:
Departmental Environmental Documents
NEPA and the CEQ Regulations affect many Interior activities and specifically require environmental impact statements for major Interior actions having significant environmental effects. The Team ensures this compliance through review and approval of environmental documents and environmental compliance consultation with bureaus.
Federal Project Reviews
The Team manages the Department's technical and policy reviews of the environmental and natural resource aspects of non-Interior projects and proposals. The Team ensures that the Department and its bureaus have programs and procedures to accomplish this review work.
The Team manages the Department's review of non-Interior regulations affecting the Department's natural resources, environmental interests, and pollution control activities.