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.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
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.
On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, which seeks to improve regulation and regulatory review. He stated that our "regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation" and it must "use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools to achieve regulatory ends."
DOI has completed its Final Plan for Retrospective Review of the Department's regulations.
The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, among other things, established the requirement for agencies to accept comments on potential rule-makings, electronically; making various materials including comments and rule-making materials publically available. The Department publishes all notices and rule-making documents in the Federal Register and welcomes any comments on potential rule-makings. They can be found here.
You can also visit Regulations.gov as another method of commenting of the Departments rule-making efforts.
Interior's complete regulations can be found here.
Becoming more flexible, reducing costs and all around improvement
On February 28, 2011, President Obama issued a memorandum that directs agencies to work with State, local, and tribal governments to identify opportunities to promote efficiency and reduce reporting and regulatory burdens.
To accomplish this, we invite comments on how well the Department's existing regulations and relationships with State, local and tribal governments are consistent with this memorandum and the principles of Executive Order 13563 and ways we can make our relationships with State, local, and tribal governments more efficient and effective.
Please send comments to RegsReview@ios.doi.gov. We will carefully review all comments, but we are not able to respond to them individually.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.