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April 2001

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. Then enter the world of writers and photographers with behind-the-scenes tales of life On Assignment. Finally, find full resource listings from links to printable maps in More to Explore. Be sure to check out this month’s Sights & Sounds—our multimedia showstopper.

A River Dammed

Columbia River salmon are in decline despite heroic measures to sustain them, and Pacific Northwesterners search their souls: Should dams be dismantled to save the fish?

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the Columbia River.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA Photographer Jim Richardson discusses the plight of the Columbia River salmon.

Highlight: FORUM Why should dams be breached to save salmon? And when should nature’s needs be put ahead of human needs? Join the discussion.

Highlight: FINAL EDIT The one that got away from our coverage of Columbia River is this month’s Final Edit.
Pharaohs of the Sun

Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti ruled Egypt just long enough to transform the empire’s religion, art, and architecture. Digs at Amarna yield clues to their enigmatic dynasty.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the Nile Valley.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA Go back in time with photographer Kenneth Garrett as he discusses his assignment in the land of the pharaohs.

Pursuing the Minke

With a perhaps million of these sleek, fast-breeding creatures in the seas, whaling nations, led by Norway and Japan, urge an end to the 15-year-old ban on all commercial whaling.

Highlight: AUDIO Listen to the unusual song of minke whales.

Highlight: FORUM Should whaling nations be allowed to expand the hunt for minkes? And should whales be considered a commodity? Tell us what you think.

Highlight: POLL Should the international ban on commercial whaling be lifted? Vote now.

Gypsies: The Outsiders

Romanticized as free spirits, hounded for being different, the people who call themselves Roma fight for their place in a world where there are few welcome mats.

Highlight: SPANISH-ENGLISH FORUM How are Gypsies similar to other minorities and immigrants? How do such groups retain their culture while being pressured to assimilate? Tell us your stories.

¿Cuáles son los parecidos entre los gitanos y otras minorías y grupos inmigrantes? ¿Cómo mantienen su cultura frente a la presión de asimilarse? Comparta su historias.

Sights & Sounds

Photographer Tomasz Tomaszewski describes the challenges Gypsies face in an indifferent world.
Flower Trade

High-tech hybrids, brand names, and the Internet invade a multibillion-dollar, world-girdling business once dominated by family farms and now coming up roses.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the flower trade worldwide.

ZipUSA: Harlem, New York 10027

Long a mecca for African Americans and foreign tourists, Harlem hits a high note as yuppies and developers sing its praises. Residents are a bit worried.

Highlight: FORUM How can tight communities maintain their own character in the midst of gentrification? What places do you know that have changed gracefully? Tell us about them.

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


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