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.
As the Director, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, Ms. Noble is the principal official responsible for:
Directing and coordinating Departmental environmental policy to achieve Department-wide compliance with the full range of applicable environmental laws and regulations;
Providing leadership and guidance for Departmental implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act and for coordinating the Department’s review of the environmental and natural resources aspects of non-Interior projects;
Providing leadership and guidance to ensure the Department achieves its sustainability goals;
Overseeing the Department’s Central Hazardous Materials Fund;
Serving as the Department’s representative on the National Response Team and providing guidance and coordination of Departmental responses for oil and hazardous materials spills; and
Overseeing the Department’s activities to protect and recover natural and cultural resources and historic properties during emergency response actions.
Ms. Noble came to the Department from the U.S. Coast Guard where she served as the Chief of the Environmental Law Division. Prior to that she served as the Senior Environmental Attorney at the Maritime Administration under the Department of Transportation. Before joining the Federal Government, Ms. Noble worked for several private law firms in New Orleans handling complex litigation on a variety of environmental and maritime matters. Ms. Noble successfully completed the Department of Homeland Security Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and received her J.D. and Certificate in Maritime Law from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M University.