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January 2004

Browse our online feature highlights, from writer’s and photographer’s behind-the-scenes field adventures to printable maps and multimedia showstoppers. Every feature includes a Web-exclusive photo gallery, a full resource listing, and much more.

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Mars Revisited

The so-called red planet is ages—make that ice ages—removed from the inert wasteland scientists once thought. Now landers are closing in to probe the big question: Could there be liquid water, and with it signs of life?

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of landing sites on Mars.

INTERACTIVE IMAGE Explore thousands of miles of the solar systems' largest canyon system in minute detail. 

VIDEO Watch an animation of weather conditions that scientists say support current evidence of liquid water on Mars.

VIDEO Philip Christensen, a geology professor at Arizona State University at Tempe, walks magazine staff through the layout of Mars images appearing in the print article.

VIDEO  Watch an animation of the Beagle 2 lander, one of the latest probes to collect surface samples in the search for life on Mars.

SIGHTS & SOUNDS Experience "A Mars Never Dreamed Of" in this multimedia exclusive. 

FORUM/POLL Do you think life exists in the ancient ice of Mars?

WALLPAPER  Spread out the icy landscape of Mars's southern hemisphere as wallpaper for your desktop.

Himba People Thumbnail Himba People

Romanticized by tourists, Namibia's Himba struggle to maintain control of their life and lands.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the land the Himba call home.

VIDEO Journey into the world of Himba women, who paint themselves in a mixture of ocher and butterfat and coax spirits into their bodies with music and motion. Anthropologist David Crandall narrates.
Patagonia Thumbnail Patagonia

Once the sole domain of sheep farmers, the wind-whipped tip of South America is drawing a new generation of pioneers and adventure seekers.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of remote Patagonia.

WALLPAPER Decorate your desktop with an image of horses left free to roam in Patagonia—the Big Sky country of southern Argentina and Chile.

FINAL EDIT Rescued from the cutting room floor is this month's Final Edit, a strikingly colorful image of wild Patagonia.
Star Search Thumbnail Star Search

Relic thieves, a 3,600-year-old disk of the heavens, and an intrepid archaeologist add up to a real-life thriller.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of Europe's early trade routes.

FLASHBACK to 1936 when physicists at New York's Corning Glass Works absorbed themselves in perfecting the light-reflecting mirror disk for the Palomar Observatory.
Himalayan Sanctuary Thumbnail Himalayan Sanctuary

With the help of the Dalai Lama, a Western photographer is welcomed by the isolated monks and nuns of Hanle Valley in a remote corner of India's Ladakh.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of India's Ladakh region.

MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Photographer Mattias Klum describes his "humble approach" to working among the monks and nuns of Ladakh.

MULTIMEDIA AUDIO Listen to the prayer chants of Ladakh's monks and nuns.
Arctic Ice Thumbnail Arctic Ice

Scientists eager to explore the Arctic's Canada Basin find getting there is one challenge. Getting data is another.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the expedition team's route.

VIDEO Take to the ice with polar bears, tiny sea creatures, human divers, and more in this narrated online exclusive.

POSTCARDS Send a friend an e-greeting showing the changing patterns of Arctic freeze and thaw.
ZipUSA: 59631 Thumbnail ZipUSA: 59631

Folks come from all over to sit in a Montana mine and inhale radioactive gas. Is it good for what ails them?

FORUM What's the most unusual miracle cure you've ever heard of? And have you been the beneficiary of one? Enter>>

NOMINATE your own wonderful, weird, or wacky choices for this magazine series. Enter>>



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