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.
Project to Revise Tribal Shares for the Appraisal Services Program
OST has completed a project* to revise how funding shares are calculated and allocated to tribes who are performing, or are interested in performing, the appraisal program pursuant to Public Law 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as amended [25 U.S.C. §450j-1(a)].
On December 6, 2011, the OAS Director, with concurrence of the Principal Deputy Special Trustee, approved the implementation of the new appraisal tribal shares formula. Information about the new tribal shares was communicated to tribes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Additional funding to tribes that contract the appraisal program is provided when workloads justify an increase.
The tribal shares that were calculated in 1995 had not changed nor had they been recalculated in step with increased regional appraisal budgets. Revised formulas ensure uniformity and transparency in determining: 1) tribal shares and 2) funding residual for inherent federal functions.
OST will determine the next course of action relative to the project and post results here. If you have questions, please contact the Director of OAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or