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May 2004


We invite you to speak your mind on these hot topics and global issues plucked from the pages of National Geographic magazine. For more on the subject go to the online feature page, or read the May issue of NGM.

Great Plains Forum Thumbnail Great Plains

For decades the population of the Great Plains' rural expanses has declined. Mechanization and consolidation of farms have forced small farmers out of business. Young people leave the region in search of opportunities and never return. Unfortunately, with bone-chilling winters and boiling summers, near constant wind, and limited travel services, tourism is an unlikely cure for what ails the Great Plains. What can be done to bring people and prosperity back to the region? How can the trend be reversed? Enter>>

Europe's Big Gamble Forum Thumbnail Europe's Big Gamble

Some new members of the European Union express concerns about retaining their national identity. What can they do to ensure that the qualities that define them as a country aren't overwhelmed by the greater European community? Enter>>

Hanoi Forum Thumbnail Hanoi

Vietnam has a long history of putting aside animosity toward its enemies, as evidenced by the author's welcoming encounters with the people of Hanoi. What can other nations embroiled in conflict learn from its example? Enter>>

Life and Death in Alaska Forum Thumbnail Life and Death in Alaska

For several days park rangers, photographers, and visitors at Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve witnessed a young bull moose as it was repeatedly attacked—and finally killed—by a pack of wolves. Rangers followed National Park Service policy of letting each species "carry on its struggle for existence unaided." But some observers disagreed. What actions, if any, should the rangers have taken? Enter>>

Hip Zips Forum Thumbnail Hip Zips

Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our magazine series—ZipUSA—takes a periodic peek at special corners of the country by zip code. We like the concept so much that we're going global and extending our stories to include international postal codes as well. So describe a weird, wacky, wonderful locale of your own choosing—it just might make it into the magazine—and read postings from other folks too. Enter>>

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