National Geographic : 2005 Aug
FORUM deployed to detect tsunamis, there remains the question of evacuation. The time to evacuate can be short if the quake and resulting waves originate locally. In Southeast Asia dense populations, unreliable local communications, and poor or nonexistent roads can play havoc with the evacuation of people. J. GORDON VAETH Olympia, Washington I read the great articles in this issue, but I have been constantly drawn back to the satellite photos of beautiful lush greenery that was turned into brown and gray nothingness so quickly by the tsunami. How will this land ever be restored to its former beauty? PEGGY ROBERTSON Macon, Georgia On Assignment The artistry that John Gurche brings to his re-creations is stun ning. Yet he does not say how he made the eyes, which were eerily genuine looking. The penetrat ing gaze of this tiny hominin is what brings her to life. CATHERINE COURTEMARCHE Bennington, New Hampshire "The expression of apprehension in the eyes," explains John Gurche, "is almost entirely related to the soft tissue around the eyes." Gurche, who got the eyes from an artificialeye company, spent four days perfectingthe eyelids. What was Gurche's inspiration? He thought about how the tiny female would react to peering out at us, "a species of hominin that would have seemed like holy ter rors if she knew about us." Visions of Earth Never before have I seen such a stunning photo. At first glance I thought it was ... a Cirque du Soleil costume? A magnificent carnival headdress? Something brought to life by your featured artist, John Gurche? How wonderful to discover that it was a perfect living creature, a pelican! CORDELIA RACKLEY Santa Maria,California Weoccasionally make our customer list available to carefully screened companies whose products or services may be of interest to you.If you prefer not to receive such mailings, U.S. and Canadian customers please call 1-800 -NGS-LINE(1-800 647-5463). International customers please call +1 813 979 6845 or write: National Geographic Society. PO Box 63005, Tampa, FL33663-3005. Please include the address area from your magazine wrapper when writing. THE L.L.BEAN GUIDE TO FALL J,^o. 33 '* ..... " There's a little bit of lumberjack in everyone. Classic Continental Rucksack, $149 For a FREE catalog call 1-800-450-0780 or shop llbean.com L.L.Bean DIRECT PROM FREEPORT, MAINE"