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Story Highlights
July 2000
Australia—A Harsh Awakening*
Wrath of the Gods
The Samoan Way
People Like Us
Playing the Slots
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Australia—A Harsh Awakening
By Michael Parfit
Photographs by Cary Wolinsky

The first European settlers wanted this island continent’s bizarre landscape to look more like home. Now barren fields of salt and dwindling marsupial populations have Australians wrangling over how to repair damage done to their unique environment.

• Also in this issue: a double map supplement of Australia.

* Read an excerpt of this article.

• Read our exclusive online essay by Michael Parfit and add your thoughts about environmental issues in our forum.

• NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER’s “Amazing Australia”—Two Aussie Adventures

Australia
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Wrath of the Gods
Art by Greg Harlin

Wrath of the Gods • Earthquake in Turkey • A History Forged by Disaster
By Rick Gore
Photographs by Reza

Last year two massive quakes tore through Turkey, killing tens of thousands and leaving many more homeless. The relentless tectonic forces that have rocked the region for millennia nurtured myths of Poseidon and tales of Troy and may explain why Noah had to build an ark.

• Related site: Dynamic map of historic earthquakes in Turkey

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The Samoan Way
By Douglas H. Chadwick
Photographs by Randy Olson

A tropical paradise in a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean, American Samoa is home to a new U.S. national park that aims to protect the islands’ rain forests, coral reefs, and traditional Samoan culture.

Samoa
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People Like Us

People Like Us
Photographs by Kenneth Garrett
Art by Gregory Manchess

When did humans begin to create art, practice rituals, develop sophisticated hunting strategies? Anthropologists have long associated the advent of the “modern” mind with the Cro-Magnons, who arrived in Europe some 40,000 years ago, but recent evidence suggests that the transition may have happened thousands of years earlier.

• Related site: Outpost—The Search for Human Origins

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Playing the Slots
By Scott Thybony
Photographs by Bill Hatcher

A canyoneer’s heaven can quickly turn into a watery hell as flash floods continue to carve the sandstone slot canyons along the Utah-Arizona border.

• Related site: Flight Over Four Corners—A Multimedia Journey

Playing the Slots
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In Next Month’s Issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Sydney; People of Heaven; Monsters of Madagascar; Fungi; Phips’s Fleet; Temples of Angkor; Big Sur

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