Special content for iPad edition includes:
- “After Katrina, Then and Now” Interactive — Compare photographer Tyrone Turner’s portrait of a street in New Orleans in 2006, a year after Katrina hit, and in 2011. Hear street sounds and interviews with residents.
- “Orphan Elephants” Video — The story of orphaned elephants and their keepers at an African sanctuary.
- “Amundsen” Video — Archival film footage shot by Amundsen and members of his 1911 expedition to the South Pole.
- “Amundsen” Interactive — Interactive map tracking Amundsen and Scott’s day-by-day route to the pole.
Birth of a New Brazil, by Cynthia Gorney, photographed by John Stanmeyer (Page 96) The article is part of National Geographic’s yearlong SEVEN BILLION series on global population. “A fábrica está fechada” is a term you hear often amongst Brazilian women when discussing the country’s declining fertility rate. Its literal translation is “the factory is closed.” Brazil’s fertility rate has declined from a national average of 6.3 children in 1960 to 1.9 in 2009. Although there are many reasons for this steep and speedy decline, central to them all are tough, resilient women who set out a few decades back, without encouragement from the government and over the pronouncements of their bishops, to start “shutting down the factories” any way they could. Many have taken a lesson from their TV soap operas — novelas — that feature small families. Between over-the-counter birth control pills, sterilization surgeries, improved health care, more access to education and the influence of their beloved novelas, Brazilian women have left the days of 9, 10 and 11 children behind and embraced female liberation. Gorney and Stanmeyer are available for interviews.
If We Only Had Wings (cover story), by Nancy Shute (Page 66) Like many before her, Nancy Shute has a dream. She wants to fly, “to bound from the Earth like a skylark, swoop like a falcon, and dart as blithely as a hummingbird.” For centuries inventors have been trying to master the art of flying. From wing-suits to rocket-propelled jet packs to a recently unveiled “personal air vehicle,” significant advances have been made, but true personal flight remains elusive. Shute is available for interviews.
Joy for Orphan Elephants, by Charles Siebert, photographed by Michael Nichols (Page 40) “With a spear lodged deep between her eyes and gaping spear and axe wounds along her back and sides,” author Charles Siebert gets his first look at newly orphaned elephant, Murka. Most likely orphaned by poachers who killed her mother for ivory, Murka has been brought to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Nursery in Nairobi, Kenya, the world’s most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation center, to be nursed back to health. The nursery takes in orphaned elephants from all over Kenya, many victims of poaching or human-wildlife conflict, raises them until they are no longer milk dependent, then helps them gradually transition back into the wild. The process can take eight to 10 years. Siebert is available for interviews.
The Race to the South Pole, by Caroline Alexander (Page 122) In 1911 there was one prize that explorers Roald Amundsen and Captain Robert Falcon Scott both wanted: the South Pole. In an intense race to the end of the world, the men set out to gain geographic prestige by being the first person to reach this unknown terrain. Caroline Alexander looks at the decisions both men made, and how Amundsen’s wiser choices and better-honed arctic skills allowed him and his team to reach the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911, 34 days before Scott. Alexander is available for interviews.
Lost Lords of the Sahara, by Peter Gwin, photographed by Brent Stirton (Page 136) Ruggedly independent, the Tuareg are struggling to survive amid the turmoil of North Africa. Once powerful warriors that ruled this desert realm, demanding tribute from merchants plying the lucrative salt caravan trade, the Tuareg’s livelihood and nomadic lifestyle are threatened as salt caravans are replaced by trucks that deliver the commodity more efficiently and drought makes it harder for the Tuareg to maintain large animal herds. Additionally, their ancestral lands, now absorbed into parts of Niger, Mali, Algeria and Libya, are being mined for their rich uranium deposits, but the Tuareg are not receiving any of the profits. As desert life grows increasingly perilous, more Tuareg are moving into the cities to look for other ways to survive. Gwin and Stirton are available for interviews.
Miracle of the Adirondacks, by Verlyn Klinkenborg, photographed by Michael Melford (Page 80) New York’s “forever wild” Adirondacks Park sprawls across almost 6 million acres — the largest park of any kind in the lower 48 states. Once an industrial wasteland used for mining and logging, the park has doubled in size since its original boundary was established 119 years ago, and biodiversity is rebounding. While still home to some industrial land, the Adirondacks have found the perfect balance of modern interests and primeval forest. Klinkenborg and Melford are available for interviews.
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