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.
Annually, in March, ESF #11 NCH will solicit the Bureaus within the Department of the Interior for individuals from within their workforce for possible deployment under ESF #11 NCH, should an activation of the National Response Framework occur. ESF #11 NCH works with the National Park Service's Emergency Incident Coordination Center to compile a list of volunteers that can be searched to identify individuals to deploy in the event of a disaster.
Should you be interested in volunteering for ESF #11 NCH, we ask that you download the volunteer resource form that you find below and submit it both to ESF #11 NCH's National Coordinator and the NPS EICC. The only requirements for your participation are that you are a current employee of the Department of the Interior and that you have been granted permission from your supervisor to be deployed on a Mission Assignment to do work under ESF #11 NCH.