National Geographic : 2001 Jun
BEHIND THE SCENES NGS EXPEDITIONS GRANT Going to the Source Again Where the Amazon starts To the Summit These geography teachers from Washington State (right) deserve their rest: They made a four-hour climb to the 8,363-foot-high summit of Mount St. Helens as part of a summer field institute created by the state's Geographic Alliance. Accompanying the 18 teachers to the top was Lanny Proffer, in the black hat, of our geography education outreach program, which helps build alliances in the U.S. and Canada. Says Michael Papritz, the institute's director, "These teachers got the full pic ture of the mountain in historic, economic, and physical terms." Call: 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463) Toll free from U.S., Canada, 8 a.m . -midnight ET,Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m . -7 p.m. ET, Sat. For a free catalog call: 1-800-447 -0647 Special device for the hearing-impaired (TDD) 1-800 -548-9797 Write: National Geographic Society PO Box 98199 Washington, DC 20090-8199 Internet: nationalgeographic.com n our October 1972 issue writer-photographer Loren McIntyre reported reaching "the farthermost source of the Amazon yet discovered": a tiny Peruvian mountain lake 17,220 feet high in the Andes that a colleague named Laguna McIntyre-Lake McIntyre. Others have claimed that different sites mark the spot where the river begins. Now, nearly three decades after Lor en's journey, a 22-person team funded by our Expeditions Council and led by Andrew A. Pietowski (left) has pinpointed the Amazon's source using the global positioning system. Some 40,000 GPS readings confirm that "Loren was right: The Ama zon starts in the lake named after him," says Pietowski, a veteran explorer. "A drop of water from Lake McIntyre flows 4,000 miles to the Atlantic." MICHAELPAPRITZ NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * JUNE 2001 Alimited-edition print of Mattias Klum's Asiatic lions (pages 60-61) isavailable for $39.95 plus $6.50 for postage and handling ($9.50 for international orders). Please add appropriate sales tax for orders sent to CA, DC, FL, KY,MD, MI,PA,and Canada. We will produce only as many 24-by-30 -inch posters as we receive orders for by July 31, 2001. Each will be hand numbered and embossed with the Society seal. Shipping is scheduled for September 2001. Call toll free: 1-888-647-7301 (Outside the U.S . and Canada call 1-515-362-3353) Mail orders to: National Geographic, PO Box 11303, Des Moines, IA50340-1303.