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.
Secretary Announces Proposed Settlement for November 7, 2007 San Francisco Bay Area Oil Spill
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California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, Ignacia S. Moreno and NOAA Chief of Staff, Margaret Spring, announce the proposed settlement at a San Francisco press conference on September 19, 2011. Photo credit: Chip Demarest, DOI.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco at a press conference on September 19, 2011 on Treasure Island in San Francisco to announce a proposed settlement of $44.4 million with Regal Stone Limited and Fleet Management Limited, the companies responsible for the container ship M/V Cosco Busan that spilled 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil into San Francisco Bay after striking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on the morning of November 7, 2007.
The settlement includes natural resource damages, penalties and past costs for responding to the oil spill which fouled 3,367 acres of shoreline within San Francisco Bay and along California’s Pacific coast outside the Golden Gate, killed an estimated 6,849 seabirds and water birds, adversely affected almost a third of the Bay’s herring spawn that winter and resulted in the loss of over 1 million recreational user-days.
The State and federal natural resource trustee agencies, including National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, NOAA, California Department of Fish and Game, California State Lands Commission and East Bay Regional Parks District, have prepared a Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan. This Plan, which will be available for public comment shortly, details proposals for how the $32.3 million in natural resource damages in this settlement will be spent to restore injured natural resource and resource services.