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July 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.

Nuclear Thumbnail America’s Nuclear Waste

The search for permanent solutions heats up as tons of highly radioactive sludge, spent fuel, and contaminated soil pile up around the nation.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of U.S. nuclear waste storage sites.

Highlight: FORUM A staggering amount of nuclear waste awaits safe disposal. What are your concerns about nuclear waste? Enter>>

Eagles Thumbnail Bald Eagles

Our majestic national bird is flying high over much of its former range and will soon be off the endangered list.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the bald eagle’s North American range.

Highlight: SIGHTS & SOUNDS Photographer Norbert Rosing pursues the habits and habitat of bald eagles.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA VIDEO As Norbert Rosing tells it, photographing bald eagles is as challenging as it is intriguing.

Highlight: FORUM A strong comeback in the lower 48 states means that bald eagles may soon be removed from the endangered list. Should they be? Enter>>

Somalia Thumbnail Somalia

A civilian army of entrepreneurs and expatriates offers hope in this East African nation, bloodied by warring clans.

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

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Andrew Cockburn shares how clan loyalties fuel conflict and how free enterprise flourishes in the midst of fighting.

Philippines Thumbnail Hotspot: The Philippines

Amid poverty, coral reefs rocked by dynamite fishing, and once lush islands stripped by logging, conservationists rush to preserve endemic species.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the Philippines vulnerable environment.

Highlight: FORUM Is calling attention to fragile habitat designated as “hotspots” an effective way of preserving biodiversity? Are there better ways to achieve this goal? Enter>>

Hunley Thumbnail Hunley: Secret Weapon of the Confederacy

In 1864 eight sailors slipped out of Charleston Harbor in an ingenious submarine, sank a Union ship, and disappeared—until now.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of the H. L. Hunley’s encounter with an enemy ship just before she vanished.

Highlight: 3-D Get a 360-degree view of the Hunley’s outer structure.

Flower Thumbnail Flowering Plant Explosion

Essential to life—and to romance—flowering plants lure paleobotanists with the sweet mystery of their origin.

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

Highlight: WALLPAPER Exotic flowering plants make a summer splash as this month’s desktop wallpaper.

Highlight: POSTCARDS Salute a friend with an e-greeting of a floral flag.

Washington, D.C. Thumbnail ZipUSA:Washington, D.C.

At the Maine Avenue Fish Wharf in Washington, D.C., you can haggle over the price of crabs or hang out with the neighboring “live-aboards,” all just minutes from the Capitol.

Highlight: FORUM Nominate your own wonderful, weird, or wacky choice for this magazine series. Enter>>

Best of America Thumbnail

Best of America

From Vermont to Vegas. From bluesmen to bullriders. You’ll find prime slices of all things American in National Geographic’s latest collectors’ edition. 

Highlight: WALLPAPER Decorate your desktop with the best from the Best of America. 

Highlight: POSTCARDS Suprise a friend with an e-greeting and write your own caption. 

Highlight: FORUM Some say America’s strength derives from its diversity of landscapes and cultures. What does “Best of America” mean to you?  Join our discussion boards inspired by this special edition. Enter>>

ORDER Order our second special collector’s edition, Best of America, online. Give yourself, or someone you know, a gift today.


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