Note: Special “On Everest” Section in iPad Continues; Includes Real-Time Updates from Current Expedition to Climb Mount Everest through Daily Dispatches, Videos and Photos
Special Content for iPad Edition Includes:
- Solar Flares Up Close video — See a coronal mass ejection in three different layers of the sun’s atmosphere.
- Space Weather animated graphic — See where NASA scientists predict particles will hit Earth and where effects will be strongest from a coronal mass ejection.
- An Army Emerges interactive art — The massive army of Qin Shi Huang Di deployed in Pit 1 is re-created for the first time, showing the figures’ poses, fragments of paint and equipment such as swords and chariots.
- Survey the Troops video and 360 View of a Terra Cotta General interactive — See how the terra cotta warriors unearthed in Pit 1 were once brightly painted and see the rich coloring of an army general in detail.
- Only on Socotra map — Zoom on the map of Socotra to see how newly paved roads cutting through delicate landscapes threaten biodiversity and sustainable development.
Writers and photographers are available for interviews May 15-June 15 (see specifics below).
Sun Struck (cover story), by Timothy Ferris (Page 36). In 1859 a powerful solar storm sent billions of tons of charged particles hurtling toward Earth. When the wave collided with the planet’s magnetic field, it caused electrical currents to surge through telegraph lines, knocking out service at several stations. If that same storm happened today, it could fry more transformers than power companies keep stockpiled, leaving millions without light, potable water, sewage treatment, heating, air-conditioning, fuel, telephone service or perishable food during the months it would take to manufacture and install new transformers. As the sun reaches a period of maximum activity in the next few years, the chance of major solar storms is increasing. Timothy Ferris explores whether we are prepared for the possible effects such storms will have on our increasingly electronic world. Ferris is available for interviews.
Outer Banks Bliss, text and photographs by David Alan Harvey (Page 54). After more than 40 assignments around the globe for National Geographic, writer and photographer David Alan Harvey turns his lens towards a topic much closer to home: North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Harvey bought a house in the OBX (as it’s known locally) a few years ago, but has been visiting the area for more than five decades. His vivid, personal photography and essay capture the beach community as only a local could. Harvey is available for interviews.
Terra-Cotta Warriors in Color, by Brook Larmer, photographed by O. Louis Mazzatenta (Page 74). When China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang Di made his preparations for the afterlife, his grandiose vision included more than a thousand individualized, brightly painted warriors to protect him. As archaeologists began excavating the legendary terra cotta warriors at Xian, they “often watched helplessly as the warriors’ colors disintegrated in the dry Xian air.” Brook Larmer writes that recent excavations have turned up more soldiers with vividly painted features as well as colorful imprints in the soil from wood, leather and textiles, and new laser tools and techniques are enabling these vibrant colors to be preserved. Artists’ renderings of the excavation site and original portrayals of the warriors accompany the article. Larmer and Mazzatenta are available for interviews.
A Love Affair with the Ural Owl, by Amanda Fiegl, photographed by Sven Začek (Page 88). The Ural owl’s 4-foot wingspan and “reputation for clobbering intruders’ skulls” didn’t deter photographer Sven Začek. He spent more than three years in the Estonian forest documenting one female Ural owl’s “domestic dramas,” from mating to hunting to raising a family of her own. Eventually she disappeared, which Začek attributes to logging activities that threaten the owl’s natural home. Fiegl and Začek are available for interviews.
In China’s Shadow, by Michael Paterniti, photographed by Mark Leong (Page 98). Fifteen years after the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, Michael Paterniti describes many of the city’s 7 million residents as suffering a deep paranoia as they worry that their identity — and their freedoms — are slipping away. Despite China’s promise of “one country, two systems,” which guarantees Hong Kong’s right to an autonomous political and economic system until 2047, many cringe at the specter of China’s control, limiting the freedoms and freewheeling ways of Hong Kong’s past, imposing its will and recasting the city in its image. Paterniti and Leong are available for interviews.
Strange Socotra, by Mel White, photographed by Mark W. Moffett and Michael Melford (Page 122). Socotra, an isolated island 220 miles from mainland Yemen, has been separated from other landmasses for 18 million years and is home to more than a thousand endemic species: plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Dragon’s blood trees, more than 27 species of reptiles, and tree-climbing land snails are among the unique and beautiful occupants that are uniquely adapted to this “hot, harsh, windswept island.” Mel White confronts the ways that poor planning and development are threatening Socotra, and calls for the protection of “the island’s weird and wonderful array of life.” White, Moffett and Melford are available for interviews.
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