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October 2000

We invite you to speak your mind on these hot topics and global issues plucked from the pages of National Geographic Magazine. For more on the subject go to the online feature page, or read the October 2000 issue of NGM.

There Goes the Neighborhood!

For about 130 years, the flavors of Italy have spiced Boston’s North End, from homemade wines and cheeses to a taste for Caruso and Sinatra. Now, the old Italian neighborhood is changing with the influx of other ethnic groups. How can traditionally ethnic communities retain their identity while welcoming cultural newcomers? Enter >>
And if the Rain Forest Disappears, What Then?

Webbed and winged for maneuverability, Borneo’s strange gliding creatures travel the treetops in search of food and shelter. These flying foragers, among them squirrels, frogs, and even snakes, have adapted to life in the rain forest canopy. So what happens to them as the rain forest continues to be logged? How can we guarantee their preservation? Enter >>

  ¿ Y que pasaría si el bosque tropical desapareciera?
¿ Qué sucedería?

Temblando con movimiento y sonido, el dosel del bosque tropical de Borneo se anima cuando raras criaturas planeadoras emprenden vuelo. Estas vistas de éstos tan poco conocidos animales son extrañas al ojo humano. Con la tala destruyendo áreas del bosque vitales para la supervivencia de estos planeadores, ¿ Cómo aseguramos su preservación? Entrada >>
Getting Its Share

Oceanographers express concern that not enough U.S. tax dollars go to ocean research. How much time and resources should be devoted to discovering the mysteries of the oceans at the expense of space exploration or disease research? Enter >>
Can Life Exist in the Final Frontier?

It’s a different world a mile and a half down in the Pacific Ocean, where tube worms, ghostly crabs, and a growing number of newly discovered species thrive in the superheated chemical soup around ocean-floor vents. If life can exist under these conditions, what are the possibilities on other planets? Enter >>
Hip Zips

Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our new magazine series—ZipUSA—takes a periodic peek at special corners of the country by zip code. We like the concept so much that we’re going global and extending our stories to include international postal codes too. So describe a weird, wacky, or wonderful locale of your own choosing—it just might make it into the magazine—and read postings from other folks too. Enter >>

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