National Geographic : 2002 Dec
FORUM by Scarla Weeks and her colleagues at the University of Cape Town. These noxious eruptions may drive rock lobsters onto the shore, an event called a lobster walkout. JAMES ACKER NASA Greenbelt,Maryland About four years ago I was in South Africa. Even there it wasn't clear where the official border between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans is. Is Cape Agulhas considered the border between these two oceans? TOBIAS KLEIN Neubiberg,Germany Many cartographersregard CapeAgulhas (and the meridian on which it sits) as the dividing line between the oceans. The designa tion, however, ispurely for reference purposes. The world's oceans arecontiguous; there are no actual borders in the sea. Mount Fuji I was pleased to read that Mount Fuji has had a bit of a cleanup since my two ascents of the mountain in 1985 and 1986. At that time I was amazed and appalled at the quan tity of glass, plastic, and paper on the slopes. Our first ascent on a sunny Saturday in May 1985 found about ten other climbers on the upper slopes of the mountain. If you're plan ning an ascent in July or August, anticipate a logjam of bodies during the entire trip up and down the mountain. But trips in May and September can be made in relative soli tude when one can enjoy the serenity of the entire experience, and no food or lodging vendors will be there to bother you. STUART KLEIN Cobham, England FROM OUR ONLINE FORUM nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0208 Russian Smokejumpers As a U.S. smokejumper, I was on a booster crew to Alaska in 1967. We jumped on a fire in the Yukon Territory on a tributary of the Porcupine River. Using a fishhook, fishing line, and a sapling, I caught 96 arctic gray lings over three days, which we cooked to supplement our C rations. I take great excep tion to the comment of our brother smoke jumper in Russia: "Put us in the woods with matches and a fishing rod, and we can live.