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Features
June 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.


Probing Chile’s Wild Coast

Battling furious winds and rain, a team of cavers explores a bleak island at the bottom of the world.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of Chile’s rugged coast.

Marco Polo in China

A trusted member of the court of Kublai Khan for 17 years, Marco traveled throughout the realm as his emissary, noting wonders from rice wine to paper money.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of Marco Polo’s journey.

Highlight: SPANISH-ENGLISH FORUM. Some scholars believe many of Marco Polo’s tales were borrowed from earlier explorers. Were his adventures fact or fake? Tell us what you think.

Les ofrecemos este forum en español y en inglés. Algunos expertos creen que muchos de los cuentos de Marco Polo fueron tomados de otros exploradores anteriores. ¿Es que fueron sus aventuras hechos o falsedades? Déjenos saber lo que piensa.

Highlight: WALLPAPER Evoke images of Marco Polo’s desert adventures with this desktop photo.

Asia’s Last Lions

Extinction stalks the Asiatic lion, a regal subspecies now crowded into a single sanctuary in India’s Gir Forest.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the Asiatic lion’s past and present range.

Sights & Sounds

Enter the shrinking world of Asiatic lions in this special multimedia presentation.

Highlight: VIDEO Photographer Mattias Klum describes the uneasy awe of getting close to these regal creatures. Also offered as audio-only (recommended for low-speed connections).

Highlight: VIDEO Klum captures the behavior of Asiatic lions as they feed and frolic.

Highlight: FORUM Lions have long adorned currency and coats of arms as symbols of nations and nobility. Why does this cat have such international appeal? Join the discussion.

Wales: Finding Its Voice

Pride in its ancient—and tongue-twisting—language and an economy on the rise are powering the new Cymru.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of Wales.

Highlight: AUDIO National Geographic staffer Aled Greville demonstrates the multisyllabic tongue twisters of his native language in this audio interview.

Highlight: ONLINE EXTRA Savor the flavor of Wales with an article on the Welsh in America, the sounds of singer Iona Jones, the taste of Welsh cakes by way of a great recipe, and an introduction to the people, places, and language by a real native.

Highlight: MISSED THE PRESS Deadly foot-and-mouth disease strikes the Davies-family livestock.

Oil and Honor at Pearl Harbor

Sixty years after Japanese bombers sank the U.S.S. Arizona, the silent wreck still sheds fuel oil, drop by drop, over the memories of a hellish Hawaiian morning.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of Pearl Harbor.

Highlight: FORUM The United States was forever changed after it entered World War II. How did the events at Pearl Harbor affect your life? Tell us your stories.

Highlight: POLL How can an oil spill from the decaying U.S.S. Arizona be avoided without harming the vessel?

Djénné: West Africa’s Eternal City

Architectural gem of West Africa, Mali’s holy city rebuilds after years of drought and decay.

Highlight: FINAL EDIT The one that got away from our coverage of Djénné is this month’s Final Edit.

ZipUSA: Cary, North Carolina 27513

All roads lead to a cul-de-sac in this booming high-tech hometown of transplanted Yankees.

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

 

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