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 Open 49-Day Public Comment Period on Draft Restoration Plan for April 2006 Oil Spill from Container Ship in Delaware Bay, Delaware
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On January 16, 2013, the federal and State natural resource trustees opened a 49-day public comment period on “Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Bermuda Islander Oil Spill, Delaware Bay.” This Draft Restoration Plan presents the seven natural resource restoration alternatives evaluated by the trustees and identifies preferred projects designed to restore natural resources and natural resource services injured by the oil spill from the M/V Bermuda Islander in Delaware Bay, Delaware, in April 2006.
The natural resource trustees in this case include:
State of Delaware, represented by Department on Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Fish and Wildlife;
U.S. Department of Commerce, represented by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and,
U.S. Department of the Interior, represented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
On April 25, 2006, an undetermined amount of bunker fuel oil was released from the container ship M/V Bermuda Islander while traveling through Delaware Bay in Delaware. Approximately 40 miles of shoreline in Delaware and 1 mile of shoreline in New Jersey were fouled by the oil spill. The trustees, in cooperation with the responsible parties, determined that the following natural resources were potentially injured by the oil spill: shoreline habitat; horseshoe crabs and their habitat; surface water resources, including fish; intertidal sediments; wildlife; and, recreational uses.
In December 2008, the trustees settled natural resource damage claims with the owner and operator of the M/V Bermuda Islander through an administrative Settlement Agreement. This settlement reimbursed $63,645 of the trustees’ past assessment costs and provided $206,355 for planning, implementing and monitoring natural resource restoration projects.
The preferred natural resource restoration alternatives identified by the trustees in this Draft Restoration Plan are:
Marsh restoration of the Fitzgerald Property near the mouth of Mispillion River;
Restoration of a Mispillion Harbor (Swain’s) Beach; and,
Educational signage along Delaware Bay beaches informing the public about the ecology and importance of horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebird stopovers.
Written comments on the Draft Restoration Plan must be received by Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Fish and Wildlife by Thursday, March 7, 2013.