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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.

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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