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Features
August 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.


Australia's Bard Thumbnail Australia's Bard of the Bush

Banjo Paterson celebrated shearers, drovers, and life in the outback with poetry that still defines how Australians see themselves—and how the world sees Australia.

MULTIMEDIA Watch images of the outback narrated in rhyme reminiscent of Banjo Paterson's style.

AUDIO Tap your feet and sing along to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda."

AUDIO Australian Matt Francis takes you into the rugged heart of the outback with readings of Banjo Paterson's poems, including "The Man From Snowy River" and "Clancy of The Overflow."

WALLPAPER Decorate your desktop with the bare, sculpted beauty of eucalyptus trees and boulders near Cooma, New South Wales.
Squid Thumbnail Squid

Some are exquisite, others monstrous, but all are quick-change artists that can alter their appearance in a flash.

VIDEO Talk about fast food! Watch a squid snap up prey.

MULTIMEDIA Squids "live fast and die young." Listen to photographer Brian Skerry talk about the "James Dean of the sea."
Fat Thumbnail

Why Are We So Fat?

A love of carbs? A lack of exercise? The real reason one in three Americans is obese is simpler than you think.

MULTIMEDIA Photographer Karen Kasmauski talks about why we're getting fatter.

FORUM What can be done to reverse this worldwide weight-gain trend? Enter>>

FAT QUIZ Test your diet IQ with this interactive game.

POLL Do you think you're fat? Cast your vote. 

Patagonia Thumbnail Crossing Patagonia's Ice Field

Surviving violent storms and bridging treacherous crevasses, a pair of adventurers traverse one of the largest expanses of ice on Earth.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the Patagonia expedition route.

INTERACTIVE MAP Maneuver your way around the explorers' route and campsites and close in on the terrain.
The Jersey Shore Thumbnail The Jersey Shore

With 127 miles (204 kilometers) of beach to play on, just about anything goes—from boardwalk sideshow to casino sizzle.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the New Jersey shore.

FORUM The Jersey Shore makes for great warm-weather fun. What's your favorite summer destination—and why? Enter>>

SIGHTS & SOUNDS Photographer Amy Toensing takes you on the "classic American vacation."

ONLINE EXTRA Read letters from author Cathy Newman to her editor during her Jersey Shore adventures.

FINAL EDIT Rescued from the cutting-room floor is this month's Final Edit, an image of a group of friends baring all at a clothing-optional beach.

FLASHBACK to 1932, when an elephant-shaped building named Lucy drew tourists' curiosity in Margate City, New Jersey.

POSTCARDS E-greet a friend with a summer scene from Cape May.
Gabon Thumbnail Gabon's Coastline

In Gabon, where Mike Fay's epic walk across central Africa ended four years ago, a brand-new park is up and running. Fay and photographer Michael Nichols return to the continent's great unspoiled coastline.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of Gabon's Loango National Park.

SIGHTS & SOUNDS Revisit Mike Fay's Megatransect across Africa.

MULTIMEDIA What's it like bringing a family of four along on a six-month assignment to Gabon? Nichols tells us.

VIDEO Watch hippos take to the surf and swim.


FORUM Gabon is relying on tourism to support its new parks. Is this a viable option for other cash-strapped developing nations? What other types of development projects could help boost their economies? Enter>>
ZipUSA: 98281 Thumbnail ZipUSA: 98281

What's life like on a five-square-mile (thirteen-square-kilometer) patch of U.S. soil at the tip of a Canadian peninsula?

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

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