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Features
February 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.


Han Dynasty Thumbnail Han Dynasty

As mighty in the East two thousand years ago as the Romans were in the West, the Han emperors—brilliant, cunning, and cruel—left a mark on China that endures today.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of China's Han Empire.

FLASHBACK to 1920s China when a kang, a heated masonry platform possibly originating from the Han dynasty period, served as a seat by day and a warm bed by night.
Polar Bears Thumbnail Polar Bears

A polar bear paparazzo brings back close-up images of these Hudson Bay celebrities.

SIGHTS & SOUNDS Experience the thrill of watching polar bears romp and wrestle in fresh snowdrifts in this multimedia exclusive.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the area Canada's Hudson Bay polar bears call home.

VIDEO Take an intimate look at polar bears, from cruising by gawking tourists to just nosing around, in this video from the field.

FORUM Disaster can strike when bears in the wild encounter tourists or venture into nearby populated areas in search of food. In such situations, what should happen to a bear when it attacks a human? Enter>>

POSTCARDS Get a leg up and e-greet a friend with an image of a piggybacking polar bear cub.
Phoenix Islands Thumbnail Phoenix Islands

On the healthy reefs of the Phoenix Islands, scientists find new species and clues to preserving paradise.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the author's route around the Phoenix archipelago.

WALLPAPER Drape your desktop in an underwater rainbow of anemonefish near a Phoenix Islands reef.
Lost Inca Outpost Thumbnail Lost Inca Outpost

Could this mountain stronghold also have been the home of an earlier, as yet unknown people? An expedition probes the intriguing ruins of Cerro Victoria.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the site of Inca ruins in Peru's Vilcabamba mountains.

VIDEO Join the team in their excrutiating hike in search of the ruins.

MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Photographer Gordon Wiltsie talks about the grueling expedition to find an Inca outpost in Peru, an up-and-down adventure one team member dubbed "elevator archaeology without the elevator."

FORUM  What can be done internationally to discourage thieves from looting archaeological sites and selling artifacts on the black market? Enter>>
Carbon Cycle Thumbnail Carbon Cycle

Hooked on fossil fuels, humans pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Fortunately, plants and ocean waters gather it in. But what happens when the planet's great carbon recycling system goes awry?

FORUM What are your concerns about global warming? Would you be willing to make changes in your lifestyle to slow down its effects? Enter>>

FINAL EDIT Rescued from the cutting room floor is this month's Final Edit, a dreamlike image of an egret wading near shell-laden rocks on Florida's Sanibel Island.

POLL Cast you vote on whether you would change your lifestyle to reduce carbon emissions—a factor in global climate change.
ZipUSA Thumbnail ZipUSA

Old money, new money—in Greenwich, Connecticut, millionaires are a dime a dozen.

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

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