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.
For more than 100 years, miners worked under the hills of Kansas chipping out limestone for construction and road-building. In the 1950s, workers began to mine limestone to leave behind useable subterranean space. There is an estimated 20 million square feet of business and industrial space underground in the greater Kansas City area, which is about 10 percent of the business space in the area.
NARA has 1.3 million cubic feet of undergroundstorage space available for federal records in Lenexa, Kansas. The American Indian Records Repository (AIRR), located 80 to 90 feet underground, is currently storing boxes in NARA archival quality “storage bays” that total approximately 350,000 cubic feet.
AIRR meets NARA standards for records storage and is on par with NARA's College Park facility in Maryland—the best archival facility in the world. The air inside AIRR is filtered repeatedly for airborne particulates, dust and filaments. No ink pens, gum, candy, food or liquids are allowed in any of the research or storage areas at AIRR.