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February 2003

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.

Galaxy Hunters

Galaxy Hunters
A new breed of scientists leads a cosmic revolution in thinking how the universe came to be.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA Take a virtual adventure through space and explore digital images of the first stars, colliding galaxies, and a scan of the universe.

Highlight: FORUM There are some 100 billion galaxies in the universe. What is the likelihood that intelligent life exists elsewhere in ours and in neighboring galaxies? Enter>>

Highlight: WALLPAPER From the Milky Way to creatures of the deep, this month's desktop decorations offer universal appeal.

Shattered Sudan

Shattered Sudan
An oil pipeline fuels the unforgiving heart of a seemingly endless war. It may also be a means to peace.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of war-torn Sudan.

Highlight: AUDIO Photographer Randy Olson reads from his journal and reveals the challenges of working in the midst of danger and chaos.

Highlight: FORUM For 37 years the people of Sudan have been engaged in a civil war over ethnic and religious differences, power, and control of oil. How can a nation so embroiled find its way to peace? Enter>>

Highlight: SIGHTS & SOUNDS Go to the heart of Sudan's bloody civil war and experience the human tragedy and indomitable spirit of the Nuba people.


Outcasts in their own land, Sudan's Nuba hold on.

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

Highlight: AUDIO Hear poignant passages of laughter, friendship, and hope from photographer Meredith Davenport's diary, a chronicle of her time among the Nuba.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Learn how the photographer gained entry and acceptance into Nuba culture.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Immerse yourself in the song and celebration of Nuba life.

Searching for Sacagawea

Searching for Sacagawea
What we know about her: She was a teenage mother and a valued interpreter for Lewis and Clark. What we don't know about her: Almost everything else.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of Sacagawea's journey west.

Highlight: FORUM Sacagawea, who accompanied explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their journey west, is remembered as a remarkable woman. Why has she caught our imaginations so strongly? Enter>>

Highlight: ONLINE EXTRA Learn about the life of Sacagawea's son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, who traveled with her as an infant throughout the journey.

Highlight: POSTCARDS Send a friend a bit of history with this vintage e-greeting of a Hidatsa hunter.

Highlight: FLASHBACK Is this Hidatsa hunter from the early 1900s holding an eagle he caught, or is he posed with a prop? Only he—and the photographer—know for sure.

Dawn in the Deep

Dawn in the Deep
It's always night in the world of sea vents—until a film crew summons the power to illuminate the abyss.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of hydrothermal vent fields.

Highlight: MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Photographer Emory Kristof sheds light on the superheated environs of deep-sea vents.

Highlight: VIDEO Dive down to the ocean floor with deep-sea submersible Alvin and discover the otherworldly environment of the "Lost City" described in the story.

Highlight: FORUM The discovery of life around deep-sea vents based on chemosynthesis—the conversion of chemical energy into biomass—broadens the search for life in the universe. Where else might we look? Enter>>

Pacific Suite

Pacific Suite
From wolves to whales, from rain forests to tidal flats—Vancouver Island's Clayoquot Sound has them all.

Highlight: MAP Downloadable, printable, high-resolution map of Vancouver Island's richly diverse Clayoquot Sound.

Highlight: FINAL EDIT A blur of western sandpipers flock to Clayoquot Sound to feed.

Highlight: POSTCARDS Deliver this image of a flock of western sandpapers over Clayoquot Sound as an airborne e-greeting to a friend.

ZipUSA: Driggs, Idaho

ZipUSA: Driggs, Idaho
Billionaires, Mormon potato farmers, and skateboarders share an uncommon home in 83422.

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



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