National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot explores two issues on the front lines of the sustainable tourism debate: Florida sprawl and snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park. Plus, an Aspen, Colorado, ski company turns environmentally-friendly.
Penguin rookeries in Antarcticaweather permittingwill be audience to a total solar eclipse Sunday as the moon slips between Earth and the sun and casts a narrow band of the icy continent into daytime darkness. A few hundred humans, too, hope to catch the celestial show. They've paid thousands of dollars to journey toor overAntarctica, the only landmass where the minutes-long event will be visible.
During the past decade, National Geographic Society
photographer Chris Rainier has returned time and again to the West
African countries of Benin and Togo to witness the rituals of the voodoo
religion and its powerful mask dances. In an essay and photo gallery,
Rainier recounts his most recent journey.
United States travel companies are earning a reputation for poor customer service, says National Geographic Traveler editor Keith Bellows. But that doesn't mean you have to suffer during your next trip.
Considered a Japanese living national treasure, Tamao Yoshida
is a master practitioner of bunraku, the highly-stylized puppetry
tradition rooted in 17th-century Japan. Today, the 84-year-old artist
was awarded U.S. $400,000 as the 2003 Kyoto Prize Laureate
in Arts and Philosophy.
Dominica is not like other Caribbean islandspeople aren't jaded; prices are low; and the scenery is unspoiled. National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot examines how the island can attract more visitors, without trampling its charm.
English explorer Benedict Allen's latest journey was his
perhaps most extreme: an attempted solo crossing of the frozen Bering
Strait from Siberia to Alaska. Solo, that is, except for a team of sled
dogs essential to his survival. National Geographic News interviews Allen about his Arctic odyssey.
Dudley Foster holds the record for the most time spent on the
deep-ocean floor. A pilot of the Woods Hole submersible Alvin, he
has completed 552 dives from the Galápagos' hydrothermal vents to
the Titanic. A related story airs tonight on our U.S. cable
television program National Geographic On Assignment.
In California, United States Forest Service law enforcement officers find themselves in an ongoing battle with Mexican drug cartels that have carved networks of marijuana gardens into backcountry forests. Rising gun violence and billion-dollar harvests highlight a problem out-manned agents say has become a crisis. Full story and photo gallery:
Each year, more than a thousand climbers head for the summit of
Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak. High altitude, avalanche
risk, and fickle weather pose constant threats. Together with National
Park Service rangers, a group of skilled mountaineers and medical
volunteers work to prevent climbing accidents.
What are Americans' attitudes about travel? Geotourism editor
Jonathan Tourtellot examines some surprising findings from a joint
survey by National Geographic Traveler and an industry trade
group. Plus, news on an environmentally-responsible cruise line.
Ed Viesturs is on a quest to join only a handful of mountaineers who have climbed all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter (26,000-foot) peaks. In June, Viesturs summited Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth highest mountain and the 13th of the suite for him. He talks to National Geographic News about his personal odyssey.
When adventure turns life-threatening, why do brash jocks typically die first while nurses survive? National Geographic Adventure interviews contributing editor and Deep Survival author Laurence Gonzales about his new book and the psychology of survival.