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Features
August 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.


Georgian Thumbnail Georgian Skull Find

This 1.75-million-year-old skull from the republic of Georgia might have belonged to one of the first humans to leave Africa. And it doesn’t look anything like scientists thought it would.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of Georgia’s geography.

Highlight: 3-D Manipulate this 1.75-million-year-old skull a full 360.

Highlight: FORUM The remains of different individuals found in the same layers of rock at Dmanisi suggest that they could be from the same species. How does this affect your thinking about our ancestry? Enter>>
South African Thumbnail Oceans of Plenty

In the greatest shoal on Earth, cold and warm waters surge together off South Africa to create rich marine ecosystems and a billion sardines on the move.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of South Africa’s prolific coast.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Photographer David Doubilet talks about photographing the underwater world off the coast of South Africa.

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

Highlight: POSTCARD E-greet a friend with this image of a seal swimming through its sardine supper.
Mount Fuji Thumbnail Mount Fuji

Japan’s famous peak is: A) a serious volcano, B) the spiritual epicenter of a nation, or C) a tourism engine whose image is plastered on countless consumer goods? Answer: all of the above.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of Mount Fuji and surrounding landscape.

Highlight: FORUM In these fast-paced times, traditional pilgrimages to sacred sites continue to take place. What compels people to make such arduous treks? Enter>>

Highlight: WALLPAPER Paragliders sail through the clouds to light softly on your desktop.

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ONLINE EXTRA Want to climb Mount Fuji? These helpful travel tips will help get you there.
Henrietta Marie Thumbnail Henrietta Marie

The oldest slave ship ever excavated, wrecked off Florida in 1700, is yielding a multitude of artifacts—and blood-curdling history.

Highlight: FORUM Should reparations be paid to the descendants of African slaves? If so, how? Enter>>
Bahia Thumbnail Bahia

An African rhythm drives this Brazilian coastal state, home to descendants of the first slaves brought to the New World.

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

Highlight: AUDIO Listen to the intricate rhythms of samba reggae from Bahia.
Russian Thumbnail Russian Smokejumpers

Talk about tough: These guys throw themselves out of 50-year-old aircraft into burning Siberian forests.

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

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Jump into the adventure with Glenn Hodges and Mark Thiessen in this multimedia interview.

Highlight: VIDEO Can you handle the heat? Check out smokejumpers in action in this video footage.

Highlight: POSTCARD E-greet a friend with this image of some smoke thumpers.
Proboscis Monkeys Thumbnail Proboscis Monkeys

Borneo’s flamboyant primates are famous for having big noses. What you might not know about them is they’re graceful, they can swim, and they’re in trouble.

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

Highlight: VIDEO Tim Laman takes to the river in search of Borneo’s proboscis monkeys in this video footage.
ZipUSA Thumbnail ZipUSA: 03246

On Bear Island, New Hampshire, boys have fleas and girls wear bras on their heads. It must be summer camp!

Highlight: FORUM Memories of summer camp can make you smile or blush with embarrassment. What makes you nostalgic about summer camp? Enter>>

Highlight: NOMINATE your favorite zip code for coverage in 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. 

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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.
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Highlight: 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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