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National Parks Under Attack
This Web site doesn't like to take political stands, but now it is necessary.

The current administration wants to reduce the size and number of National Monuments and allow oil drilling and mining in National Parks for the first time since the system was established. If you prefer trees and streams to oil wells and pipelines, contact your representatives in Washington NOW and tell them to protect these Crown Jewels of America.

Places Earth extends sympathies and hopes to both the people fighting to restore their lives in Puerto Rica and to those who’s lives have been taken or disrupted by the shooting in Las Vegas. Also to hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Gulf region. Also to the fire victims in California. So many disasters in short time, all made worse by climate change.

State Parks, Historic Sites, and Museums need your help.

Throughout the country, state parks, historic sites, museums, and similar institutions are struggling to continue operating. Because of general financial problems, many of these institutions are operating on a reduced schedule or in danger of closing. Some are being forced to sell off artifacts and property. Many will not weather these hard times without your help.

Places Earth urges everyone to support these vital and important public resources any way you can. Please donate your treasure, time, and talent. Write to your governor and other elected officials telling them to find a way to keep state parks open. It will be your loss.

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Los Angeles International Airport Theme Building

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2009 - 2017.

Los Angeles International Airport Theme Building was built as part of the airport expansion of 11959-1962. The steel and stucco arches are of a parabolic shape which is the strongest form of an arch, but in this case, it's only decorative. Restoration of the building had already begun when a piece of stucco fell from one of the arches leading to a complete rebuilding of the arches. There has always been a restaurant at the top, since 1996, the restaurant is the Encounter Restaurant in an extraterrestrial theme by designers at Disney. Despite popular belief, the restaurant never revolved.

The Observation Deck has been closed since September 11, 2001.

The Theme Building under restoration in May, 2007.

The Theme Building under restoration in December, 2007.

Control Tower #5 and Theme Building, December, 2007.

Control Tower #5 and Theme Building, November, 2009.
Opening in ceiling.
Opening in ceiling.

Protectrive layer over the seal during restoration.

Top of arches and scaffold.

Arch during restoration.

Arch during restoration.

Scaffold from Observation Deck.

Scaffold from Observation Deck.

Restoration at the Observation Deck.

Scaffold around arch at Observation Deck.

Scaffold around Observation Deck.


Scaffold around arches.

Scaffold around arches.

Scaffold around arches.

Scaffold at ground level.

Looking up at scaffold through ceiling viewport.

Decorative walls in Encounters Restaurant.

Tables and chairs.

Looking out at scaffold from Encounters.

Decorative wall in Encounters.

Looking out from Encounters.

Looking out from Encounter Restaurant.


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