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June 2002

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.


D-Day Thumbnail Untold Stories of D-Day

A grand hoax, top secret maps, and live-ammunition rehearsals set the stage for June 6, 1944, when 200,000 soldiers stormed Normandy’s beaches to help free Europe.

Highlight: SIGHTS & SOUNDS  Author Tom Allen takes you back to the days leading up to the Normandy invasion.

Hightlight: ONLINE EXTRA Plan a visit to Bedford, Virginia, home of the National D-Day Memorial.

Highlight: MEMORY BOOK  Fifty-eight years later, five survivors tell stories of war that bring the Allied invasion to life.

Highlight: POSTCARD Send this war-torn flag from the U.S.S. Corry to a friend.

Highlight: FORUM Were you or someone you know in the D-Day invasion? Add your tales and thoughts to the Memory Book. Enter>>

Boreal Thumbnail Great Northern Forest

The reality of this immense boreal land grows ever harsher as a resource-hungry world gnaws its edges.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the forest at the top of the world.

Highlight: FORUM How seriously should we take perceived threats to boreal forests? Are we overreacting or acting too slowly? Enter>>

Wolverines Thumbnail Beast of the Boreal

Enter the deep forests of Finland and meet the misunderstood wolverine: shy, playful, and opportunistic.

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

Highlight: WALLPAPER Invite this creature in from the cold to the warmth of your desktop.

Afghanistan Thumbnail

Long Road Home

An American photojournalist and her Islamist translator forge a friendship on Afghanistan’s front lines.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Author/photographer Lois Raimondo reveals the spirit and strength of the Afghan people.

Highlight: FORUM What should the U.S. and other countries do to help Afghans heal and move forward?  Enter>>


Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the author’s route through Afghanistan.

Highlight: FINAL EDIT The photo rescued from the cutting room floor is this month’s Final Edit.

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POSTCARD Afghan men spin in exuberant celebration in this 1948 photo.

Empires Thumbnail Andes Empires

Building grand cities, temples, and roads, two powerful pre-Inca empires ruled the region.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the the first American empires. 
Iowa Thumbnail ZipUSA: Ames, Iowa

“Quiet!” can only be shouted after-hours in a mega college dorm awash in high-decibel music and video games.

Highlight: HIP ZIPS Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic.  Enter>>

 

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