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June 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.

Shiites of Iraq Thumbnail Shiites of Iraq

They've been systematically repressed for decades. Now Iraq's majority Muslim sect prepares to play a powerful role in a chaotic, post-Saddam world.

MAP a printable, high-resolution map of Iraq's shrine cities.

FORUM After being victimized for so long, how can Iraq's Shiite majority put the past behind them to prepare for their role in a new government?

SIGHTS & SOUNDS Meet the long-repressed Shiites and learn what fuels their move to a position of power in Iraq's new government.

ONLINE EXTRA Discover the glory of medieval Baghdad.

ONLINE EXTRA Read an update on the Shiites' situation in Iraq.

FINAL EDIT Rescued from the cutting room floor is this month's Final Edit, an image of intricately patterned rugs on the floor of an Iraqi Muslim shrine.
Monterey Menagerie Thumbnail Monterey Menagerie

Off the coast of California an undersea canyon harbors an array of deeply strange creatures.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the depths of Monterey Canyon.

MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Journey two miles (three kilometers) down with a "ropecam" to discover the peculiar creatures of Monterey Canyon.
America's Front Yard Thumbnail America's Front Yard

Lots of folks like Washington, D.C.'s, new World War II Memorial. Lots of others don't—including those who sued to halt its construction. It turns out that Americans have always had trouble agreeing on how to use the National Mall.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of a bird's-eye view of the Mall.

MULTIMEDIA VIDEO Take a 180° tour of the Mall in its early days.

FORUM Debate continues between groups wanting to preserve the open expanse of the National Mall and those hoping to build more monuments. How do you think the Mall should be used? Enter>>

ONLINE EXTRA Learn what D.C. hangouts and hideaways make the favorites list for National Geographic staffers.

POSTCARDS E-greet a friend with this 1935 image of the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument in all their spotlighted splendor.
At Home With Flickers Thumbnail At Home With Flickers

Flashing bright underfeathers in flight, these big noisy woodpeckers help shape forest biodiversity.

WALLPAPER Invite a northern flicker to dress your desktop with a fluttering fan of golden wings.
End of Cheap Oil Thumbnail End of Cheap Oil

It's inevitable. But just how soon will the vital fuel become so scarce and expensive that we're forced to make hard choices about how we live?

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the world's oil reserves.

POLL Cast your vote on whether you would prefer to drive an SUV or a hybrid.

FLASHBACK to 1910 when new cars belonging to Manhattan's wealthy crowded Fifth Avenue.

FORUM The U.S. tax code offers a $2,000 consumer credit for hybrid car owners and a deduction of up to $100,000 for people who buy the largest SUVs for business use. Should such incentives be increased for hybrid cars and decreased for those using higher-than-average amounts of fuel? Enter>>
ZipUSA: 02860 Thumbnail ZipUSA: 02860

Torn between the promise of prosperity and bittersweet memories of home, Cape Verdeans find ways to keep their past present in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

AUDIO Get into the rhythm of Cape Verdean music, courtesy of Amigos para Sempre.

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



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