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October 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 October issue of NGM.

Phoenicians Forum Thumbnail Phoenicians

To determine if the bloodline of ancient Phoenicians still runs along the Mediterranean rim where the celebrated mariners settled and traded, scientists Spencer Wells and Pierre Zalloua are studying blood samples collected from contemporary men in the region. What other cultural mysteries would you like to see solved through DNA studies? Enter>>
Sierra Nevada Indians Forum Thumbnail Sierra Nevada Indians

The indigenous people of Colombia's Sierra Nevada are trying to stand up to outsiders as their forests, which they see as the heart of the world, are being torn down and replaced with banana and oil palm plantations as well as plots on which to grow coca for the illicit production of cocaine. Leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries have also invaded their homeland and drawn them into modern Colombia's political turmoil. What can be done to help these and other isolated indigenous people live without interference from outsiders? Enter>>
Louisiana's Wetlands Forum Thumbnail Louisiana's Wetlands

They're double the size of Everglades National Park, funnel more oil into the United States than the Alaska pipeline, sustain one of the nation's largest fisheries, and provide vital hurricane protection for New Orleans. But Louisiana's Wetlands are disappearing under the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate, something akin to 33 football fields a day. How far should the federal government go to stem the tide of wetland loss in southern Louisiana? 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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