National Geographic December 2010
Kings of Controversy
Was the Kingdom of David and Solomon a glorious empire—or just a little cow town? It depends on which archaeologist you ask.
Afghan women suffer under the constraints of tribalism, poverty, and war. Now they are starting to fight for a just life
The whooper swan is a bird to inspire flights of fancy.
Astronomers turn their telescopes to the unbounded beauty of the Milky Way.
Salmon or Gold. If built, a huge mine would transform Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, possibly jeopardizing the world’s richest sockeye salmon fishery.
Twilight for Bats
Bats are crucial to ecosystems—devouring insects, dispersing seeds, and pollinating flowers. But in the U.S. an insidious new enemy is causing massive die-offs.
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