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  • National Geographic July 1993

    New Zoos- -Taking Down the Bars
    Amid public clamor over the plight of animals, zoos are being transformed from menageries to modern arks. Innovative exhibits and breeding programs bring praise - - and new concerns.
    Cyprus: A Time of Reckoning
    Long- standing rivalry between Turkish and Greek Cypriots threatens to erupt again on this sun- drenched Mediterranean island as the UN weighs cutbacks in its peacekeeping forces.
    Lightning, Nature's High- voltage Spectacle
    Striking the earth a hundred times each second, the torrent of electricity known as lightning can pack hundreds of millions of volts in flash - - energy that will likely remain forever beyond our reach.
    Northern California { California's North Face}
    Grand convergence of ocean, mountain, and forest, northern California has everything but crowds. A double- sided map supplement on the entire state reveals its star qualities.
    Saving Siberia's Tigers
    Rescued by a Russian- U. S. study team, two orphaned tiger cubs find asylum at the Omaha zoo. Near Vladivostok the researchers fight to save the last habitat of the world's largest cats.

    6 in stock

  • National Geographic August 1993

    Untamed Treasure of the Cumberland
    Twenty years ago, a boisterous branch of the Cumberland River named Big South Fork, inspired the creation of a 100, 000- acre preserve in Tennessee and Kentucky.
    Tragedy Stalks the Horn of Africa
    Behind the face of famine lies chronic warfare that has beset the Horn of Africa for generations. Can the beleaguered nations end the cycle of death that has already claimed millions?
    Tibet's Remote Chang Tang { In a High and Sacred Realm: Tibet's Remote Chang Tang}
    The world's newest top- rank nature reserve is a high, stark, windswept realm, an Arizona- size land that is home to lynxes, wild yaks, and Tibetan antelope.
    Sweden: In Search of a New Model
    Architects of a model welfare state, Swedes find their tidy world challenged by economic recession and immigrants behaving in decidedly un- Swedish ways.
    Bacteria: Teaching Old Bugs New Tricks
    Vital to life, bacteria are the oldest, most abundant, and perhaps most useful organism on earth. Today they star in everything from making headphones to cleaning up toxic wastes.

    18 in stock

  • National Geographic September 1993

    Britain's Hedgerows
    Modernizing farming and simple neglect threaten Britain's living fences. Will public concern succeed in rescuing hedgegrowers and the wealth of wildlife they shelter?
    New Sensors Eye the Rain Forest: Data Gathering on the Belize Frontier
    In a high- tech experiment, NASA aircraft surveyed the fragile lands of Belize. Sensors able to detect felled trees provided rich images - - and hopes for global- monitoring missions.
    India's Rabari { Wandering With India's Rabari}
    Crisscrossing the countryside in the annual search for pasture, a caste of herders preserves traditions despite increased strains with villagers along the way.
    The Pecos River { The Pecos- -River of Hard- won Dreams}
    From legendary Billy the Kid to modern sheriff Punk Jones, the Pecos breeds characters. Doing whatever it takes is how folk survive along this time line of New Mexico and Texas history.
    Czechoslovakia: The Velvet Divorce
    Breaking up was peaceful for this 74- year- old central European nation of 16 million. Now, the Czech and Slovaks face the challenge of shaping fledging republics for a competitive world.

    11 in stock

  • National Geographic October 1993

    Labrador, Canada's Place Apart
    Cod fishing is down, mining is in trouble, and the kids are leaving, but if you think Labrador is finished, think again. A supplement map charts the history of this land of strange wild beauty and the rest of Atlantic Canada.
    The American Prairie: Roots of the Sky { Grass Menagerie }
    Only a few glorious patches of North American prairie survive, besieged remnants of the great grasslands that were home to Native Americans, bison, antelope, and prairie dogs.
    Explosion of Life: The Cambrian Period { Life's parade quickens ; New world of predators and shells }
    More than half a billion years ago, an evolutionary frenzy gave rise to the main groups of animals in the world today. Recent fossil discoveries in China reveal myriad creatures of those ancient seas.
    Afghanistan's Uneasy Peace
    For a decade Afghan guerrillas fought Soviet occupation - - now they fight each other for control of Kabul, the capital. But elsewhere there is healing for a nation depleted by one million war dead.
    The Living Tower of London { Tower of London: Storehouse of History }
    Hence with him to the Tower. A community of 50 families relish their residences in the infamous prison, where secret passwords still open gates.

    8 in stock

  • National Geographic November 1993

    New Light on the Olmec
    The once mysterious Olmec are emerging from the shadowy past. Archaeologists have now uncovered exciting new artifacts and reinterpreted older ones from Mesoamerica's first great civilization.
    The Red Sea { The Desert Sea}
    Sandwiched between the dry shores of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea presents a vast aquarium of flamboyant species, many found nowhere else.
    Kodiak, Alaska's Island Refuge
    Famous for brown bears that spar over spawning salmon, Kodiak witnesses a new fight: Native Alutiiq are tangling with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the right to develop traditional lands.
    Taiwan: The Other China Changes Course
    Chinese Nationalists made an impoverished island off the China coast a bastion against mainland communism. Taiwan has since become an economic powerhouse - - and now a democracy.
    Harlequin Ducks { Bird of White Waters: The Harlequin Duck}
    The harlequin duck, plying swift mountain cascades and exploding breakers along North America's rocky northern shores, faces a rough ride as its pristine wilderness habitat erodes.

    14 in stock

  • National Geographic December 1993

    Passion Vine Butterflies { A Taste for Poison: Passion Vine Butterflies}
    They float serenely amid predatory birds, harvest flowers in a set schedule, and may outlive all other butterflies. Their secret: a taste for cyanide- laced plants.
    St. Petersburg, Capital of the Tsars
    Monument to the worldly aspirations of its namesake ruler and his imperial successors, St. Petersburg has survived the communist years to rival Moscow as Russia's cultural center.
    The Superior Way of Life
    Ocean- like Lake Superior can whip up 30- foot waves, daring those who ply its waters. Such rigors create a raw beauty - - and instill an abiding sense of community.
    Glass: Capturing the Dance of Light
    Some 4, 500 years ago, craftsmen in Mesopotamia fired sand, soda, and lime to create glass. Today this solid that acts like a liquid turns up in everything from fine art to fiber optics.
    Himalayan Caravans
    As they have for centuries, trading peoples of northwestern Nepal cross the high Himalaya in great caravans to barter for salt. Now tourism and development threaten their annual treks.

    12 in stock

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