National Geographic : 2010 Oct
INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO: LUIS LAMAR • GeoPuzzle Answers SPAIRENTERH A MJA HATNORIOLEO V OAL AGOGDOCLIVEROIL E L P E D TED E V E NLY HEANIOTILESERE MAUNTCASSEROLE AXLES A M RRY EAR FINSIPAPASHGAVE RNAASUZIE AIRED I GR D LLE LOMANSS THUMELDSATANIE ONS EC P AP TLES OS FILETOFLEOSUAWE INN A O TREG LEKTOM TEED KE SDRA SESKI IN MEMORIAM WesC.Skiles LongtimeNational Geographic contributor Wes Skiles passed away on July 21 while diving off the Florida coast. He was 52. A husband, father, and inspiration to many, Skiles was an accomplished underwater explorer, photographer, and filmmaker. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Skiles had mapped 200 miles of pas- sages in underground springs by young adulthood. He skipped college to pursue his passion for the underwater universe and his dream of protecting it. "Wes had dedication, drive, and boyish enthusiasm," says Geographic Senior Photo Editor Sadie Quarrier. Assignments took him from Antarctica to Mexico and---most recently---to the Caribbean, where he photographed "Bahamas Blue Holes," our August cover story. "Floating over nearly bottomless voids raises the hairs on your neck more than the tight places," he observed. Skiles's love for his work was unrelenting, remembers friend and colleague Jill Heinerth: "Wes chased his imagination around the world. " Society Updates Wes Skiles prepares for a film shoot in the Bahamas. GLOBAL ACTION ATLAS The new National Geographic Global Action Atlas website features hundreds of cause- related projects around the world---and ways to get involved. These efforts, including several specifically focused on the Gulf oil spill, are all working toward goals of reducing human suffering and preserving wildlife and ecosystems. Go to actionatlas .org/oilspill to explore, support, volunteer, and donate. NG BOOKS With its stunning marine life photography, engaging text, and fun trivia, Citizens of the Sea will entice readers of all ages. Find it in stores September 14 ($26). NAT GEO CHANNEL This November the National Geographic Channel proudly debuts Great Migrations, an unprecedented, seven-part, global programming event.