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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Photos: New Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument
Secretary Salazar participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate a new Quarry Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar takes a hard-hat tour of the new Quarry Exhibit Hall. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar chats with a construction worker. The Visitor Center is in the final stages of construction completion, the new exhibit hall is expected to open to the public on October 4. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar speaks to construction workers at Quarry Exhibit Hall. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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Secretary Salazar participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate a new 7,595-square foot Quarry Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument, on the border of Colorado and Utah. A recipient of construction funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new visitor center will feature exhibits explaining the monument and its features, an auditorium for programs and viewing of park films, a monument information desk, and the park bookstore.