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Features
September 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.


Global Warming Thumbnail Global Warming: Signs From Earth

There's no question that the Earth is getting hotter—and fast. The real questions are: How much of the warming is our fault, and are we willing to slow the meltdown by curbing our insatiable appetite for fossil fuels?

FORUM Climate change has shifted the natural rhythms and processes of our planet. What's happening to Earth's climate, and what are the implications for our future? What signs of climate change have you noticed in the flora and fauna around you? Enter>>

POLL Cast your vote on whether you are willing to change your lifestyle to mitigate the effects of global warming.

INTERACTIVE QUIZ What do tree rings, pack rats, and stalagmites have in common? Put your climate IQ to the test.
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GeoSigns

Retreating glaciers, rising seas, and shrinking lakes are some of the global changes already under way.

MULTIMEDIA Learn about the rapid retreat of polar ice and its repercussions for the planet.

WALLPAPER Drape your desktop with an ominous curtain of roiling smoke from a Fairbanks, Alaska, forest fire.


POSTCARDS Send a friend an e-greeting of the ice cover on Wisconsin's Lake Mendota.

FINAL EDIT Rescued from the cutting-room floor is this month's Final Edit, an image of Male, the island capital of the Maldives, at risk from the effects of rising sea level.

EcoSigns Thumbnail EcoSigns

From penguins to alpine flowers, animals and plants are coping with the heat—or they're not.

WALLPAPER Invite this Fleischmann's glass frog, a declining species in Costa Rica, to hop across your desktop.
TimeSigns Thumbnail TimeSigns

What causes climate change? Could a climate "flip" happen virtually overnight?
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Indian Renaissance

Growing in numbers, cultural awareness, and economic clout, American Indians—honored with a new museum on the National Mall—are reclaiming their place on the national stage.

AUDIO Listen to traditional American Indian stories as told by author Joseph Bruchac.

INTERACTIVE IMAGE Maneuver around a U.S. map to get a snapshot of Native Americans today.

MULTIMEDIA Photographer Maggie Steber talks about how Native Americans are defining their future.

FORUM In a persistent push toward self-determination, American Indians are continuing to wage legal and political battles for greater control over their lands and to reclaim land lost to them long ago. What should the U.S. government do to compensate Native Americans? Enter>>

FLASHBACK to 1917, when a retired New York dentist sent photographs, including one of an Apache man, made "in Arizona away back in 1879 & 80."

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Badgers With Attitude

The tough Kalahari honey badger reigns as one of the desert's fiercest hunters.

VIDEO Watch a honey badger capture and devour a snake, head first.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the honey badgers' range.

Treasure Ship Thumbnail Treasure Ship Meets Perfect Storm

In 1865 a paddle wheeler packing gold, silver, and post-Civil War hope went down off the coast of Georgia. Now the treasure is coming home.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map pinpointing where the S.S. Republic went down.

INTERACTIVE IMAGE Take a virtual tour of the ship's sunken wreckage and explore artifacts on the seafloor.

FORUM As long as no one alive today can prove ownership, artifacts and treasures found at sea in international waters can be claimed by whoever can afford the technology to explore. Should the more restrictive laws governing archaeological discoveries on land extend to the sea in international waters? Who should own the rights to the pieces of history scattered across the ocean floor? Enter>>
ZipUSA: 53208 Thumbnail ZipUSA: 53208

At the Indian Community School in Milwaukee, Native American kids reconnect with ancestral traditions.

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

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