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September 2000

Browse our online feature offerings, from field adventures and factoids to maps and multimedia. On every feature screen you can Zoom In on Web-exclusive photo galleries and get the tech facts behind the frames; enter the world of writers and photographers with behind the scenes tales of life On Assignment; and find full resource listings from links to printable maps in More to Explore. Be sure to check out this month’s Sights and Sounds—our multimedia beauty piece.

Lost Tombs of Peru
An expert team searches the Andean cloud forest for the last unlooted tombs of an ancient warrior people.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA Photographer Gordon Wiltsie describes the thrill of discovering a lost city in the Peruvian jungle.

Highlight: FORUMS Join our Spanish-English discussion board on the Price of Preservation. Únase a nuestro grupo de discusión en inglés y español sobre el Precio de la preservación.
The Way West

Dreaming of land and gold, wagon train pioneers blazed a 2,000-mile (3,220-kilometer) trail from Missouri to California.

Sights and Sounds

View a slide show of images from the California trails and listen as photographer Jim Richardson narrates excerpts from pioneer diaries.
Rana Tharu: Women of Grace

When warfare left them widows, legend says, these women fled to the forest of southern Nepal and founded a society that has endured for 400 years.

Highlight: FORUMS How will the encroachment of the modern world affect the unique culture of the Rana Tharus? Join our global discussion board.
When Life Nearly Came to an End: The Permian Extinction

About 90 percent of all species vanished in a mysterious mass extinction 250 million years ago.

Highlight: FORUMS In the light of mounting environmental concerns, are we at the cusp of another mass extinction? Voice your opinion.
What it Takes to Build the Unbeatable Body: Pushing the Limit

Relentlessly pushing body and mind, athletes probe the limits of human performance.

Highlight: FORUMS Share your thoughts on the “Dangers of Going the Distance” and “What Makes a Champion?”
In Search of the Clouded Leopard

A 17-year-old American continues a family tradition of conservation in India.

Highlight: MISSED THE PRESS Flash floods destroyed the area shown in the magazine’s opening pages, but you can get the story update here.
Zip USA: Mentone, Texas

Water is scarce and people scarcer, but in Mentone the human spirit flows as steadily as the oil.

Highlight: NOMINATE your own wonderful, weird, or wacky choice for coverage in this new magazine series.

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