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December 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 December issue of NGM.

On the Trail of bin Laden Forum Thumbnail On the Trail of bin Laden

Since claiming responsibility for the terrorist attacks of September 11, Osama bin Laden—last seen in late fall 2001 in Afghanistan's rugged Tora Bora—has managed to slip out of sight. Theories of his whereabouts abound: He's hiding out along the desert border between Afghanistan and Iran. He's living large in the Pakistani city of Peshawar or Karachi. Some even wonder if he has returned to his roots near his family's ancestral homeland in southern Yemen. Where do you think Osama bin Laden is? And do you think he will be caught? Enter>>

Search for Other Earths Forum Thumbnail Search for Other Earths

Since the time of the Greek philosophers, we have pondered whether planets exist that are comparable to Earth. And for decades astronomers have searched for signs of intelligent life among the stars. Should an Earth-like planet be found, do you think it will harbor life? And if so, what do you think its inhabitants could be like? How would its discovery affect our philosophies, religions, and our perceptions of ourselves? Enter>>

<i>Titanic</i> Revisited Forum Thumbnail Titanic Revisited

Robert Ballard helped discover Titanic in 1985, 73 years after she sank when she collided with an iceberg. Now human impact—from legal salvagers, tourists, and other divers—may be contributing to her deterioration. Ballard believes the wreckage and debris field should be treated as holy ground, the ship's artifacts left undisturbed. How do you think Titanic should be memorialized? Should its artifacts be salvaged or left alone on the seafloor? 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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