National Geographic : 1987 May
On Assignment IN A DEEP FREEZE or a hot pot, GEOGRAPHIC authors immerse themselves in their subjects. Dr. L. David Mech spent the night in a vacant Inuit igloo (right)dur ing weeks of travel that yield ed his unprecedented report on an arctic wolf pack (page 562). A biologist for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he has studied wolves for 29 years, with two previous articles published in the magazine. He says, "Despite all that experi ence, I am still amazed at the care and attention that the arctic pack constantly showed for its pups." Senior writer Mike Edwards had few solitary moments while covering Ukraine (page 595). As he steeped in a sulfurous mud bath at a Black Sea resort in Odessa (below), two nurses and a Soviet guide stood by. "The mud oozed out of a tube like black toothpaste," he recalls. Mudpacks for the hands were called gloves; for the legs, trousers. Though skeptical about the mud's therapeutic value, Edwards did take something away from his half-hour soak: "Three days later I was still washing shiny little black specks from my skin."