Special Content for iPad Edition Includes:
- Unseen Titanic, illuminated interactives and three-dimensional model — The first ever complete views of the legendary wreck, made from thousands of high-resolution images, let you explore the ship in its current state as it rests on the seafloor.
- Titanic’s Death video — Watch a video animation of the sinking of the Titanic.
- K2 Degree of Difficulty video — See how Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and the climbing team struggled with emotional and technical challenges in the summit bid.
- K2 Interactive photo gallery — Touch icons along the summit route to see photos of key points.
- K2 A Whole New View video — Fly around K2 and explore the mountain from all sides in high-resolution detail.
- African Masks photo gallery — Swipe through photos of traditional masks from Nigeria.
March 15-April 15 (see specifics below).
Unseen Titanic (cover story),
Climb of Her Life,by Chip Brown, photographed by Tommy Heinrich (Page 36) Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, 40, didn’t climb K2 because she wanted to be the first woman to summit all 14 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. But that’s exactly what she did. The six members of the International 2011 K2 North Pillar Expedition, including Kaltenbrunner and her husband Ralf Dujmovits, set out in June 2011 to climb the remote Chinese side of K2: the Karakoram Range giant, which rises 8,611 meters. Known as the mountaineer’s mountain, K2 has taken the life of roughly one climber for every four who’ve succeeded in making the summit. Climbing without bottled oxygen or high-altitude porters, Kaltenbrunner plunged ahead in a risky effort to conquer K2 after watching her husband turn back. She reached the summit on Aug. 23, along with three members of the team. Brown and Heinrich are available for interviews.
Ghostwalker,by James Cameron (Page 100). “After 33 dives to the wreck, averaging 14 hours each, I have spent more time on the ship than Captain Smith himself did,” writes explorer and filmmaker James Cameron in his essay as he reflects on his “out-of-body”-like experiences exploring the ship, deck by deck and room by room, as he guided a tiny remotely operated vehicle and robotic avatars within the Titanic’s labyrinthine interior from a submersible resting on the ship’s upper deck. Cameron has spent nearly 500 hours surveying and documenting the Titanic, which sank on her maiden voyage before her interiors could be photographed. Most of the archival images used as reference for Cameron’s 1997 movie Titanic came from her sister ship, but the bot videos can now show him where the movie is accurate and where it’s not.
Masked Meaning, by Cathy Newman, photographed by Phyllis Galembo (Page 66). In Africa and its diaspora, the mask transforms mortals into gods and makes a political point. Worn as the centerpiece of a costume during a masquerade, the mask is utterly transformative. As author Cathy Newman writes, “The line between reality and illusion, god and man, life and death blurs. The masked man is not playing a role. He becomes the role.” Newman and Galembo are available for interviews.
Flocking Flamingos, by Nancy Shute, photographed by Klaus Nigge (Page 110). “A flamingo looks like a bird cooked up by an exuberant preschooler — absurdly long legs, knobby ankles (that look like knees), a snaky neck and an outsize beak — and colored with the brightest crayon in the box,” writes author Nancy Shute. Although immortalized in cheap plastic lawn ornaments, flamingos remain strangely mysterious. Scientists are uncertain about simple behaviors such as the propensity to stand on one leg, but one thing is certain: Flamingos in the wild are fiercely loyal. By moving in unison when there is a threat, flamingos may increase their odds of survival in a perilous world. Shute and Nigge are available for interviews.
Where Slaves Ruled, by Charles C. Mann and Susanna Hecht, photographed by Tyrone Turner (Page 122). From the 16th to 19th centuries, tens of thousands of African slaves in Brazil escaped the harsh conditions of the plantations and created thousands of hidden societies, or quilombos, in the heart of the country. Known as “maroon” communities, these hybrid settlements made up of ex-slaves and indigenous people, endured for decades, even centuries. Today these communities are emerging from the shadows to fight for rights to their land — and are helping to protect it. Mann, Hecht and Turner are available for interviews.
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Anna Kukelhaus Dynan