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.
Trustees Release Final Springfield Plateau Restoration Plan for Natural Resources Injured by Hazardous Substances Releases in Southwestern Missouri
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Malacologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey populations of freshwater mussels in the Spring River, Missouri, in June 2008. Natural resources in portions of the Spring River have been injured by releases of hazardous substances from the Tri-State Mining District. The Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan will guide the restoration of injured natural resources in the Missouri portion of the District. Photo credit: Dave Mosby, FWS.
On June 21, 2012 the State and federal natural resource trustees released the final, publicly-reviewed “Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment.” This Regional Restoration Plan presents an ecoregion-wide framework for the restoration of natural resources and natural resource services injured by all releases, discharges, spills or other qualified hazardous substances incidents in the Springfield Plateau and boundary waters.
The Springfield Plateau, in southwestern Missouri, encompasses all or portions of 18 counties and is considered a subsection of the larger Ozark Highlands ecoregion. Characterized as a large, flat plain with minor topographical variation, the Springfield Plateau today is mostly rural but includes the rapidly growing metropolitan areas of Springfield and Joplin.
Through this Regional Restoration Plan, the natural resource trustees have developed a process for expediting more comprehensive and efficient restoration actions by combining multiple natural resource damages settlements. Currently, natural resource restoration funding exists for the following case settlements within the Springfield Plateau area:
Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. settlement in 1995;
Carver Scrap Salvage Yard site settlement in 1995;
Newton County Wells NPL site settlement in 2004; and,
ASARCO bankruptcy settlement in 2009.
The Regional Restoration Plan was developed in partnership between the State of Missouri, represented by Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of the Interior, represented by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This longstanding, cooperative partnership between the State and the Department of the Interior in Missouri is guided by a 2004 Memorandum of Understanding.