National Geographic : 2001 Dec
Forum August 2001 Our articleon public lands that are administeredby the Bureau of Land Management hit home for many readers."Whether it's wildlife, forests, or waterways, humans must stop ravagingthe land," one wrote. Con cerning some recent land designations,anotherreader declared, "Nationalmonuments should be created by the will of the people as expressed through their congressmen, not by presidentialfiat." Oil Field or Sanctuary? If there is oil under the 1002 Area, we Americans will face a decision whether to capture that energy. But first we have to find out what, if anything, is actually down there. Without those facts, we can only speculate. FRANK H. MURKOWSKI UnitedStates Senator,Alaska Washington, D.C. You provided a wealth of infor mation and presented both sides of the drilling controversy in a fair manner. I was in the Brooks Range last summer. To despoil this treasure for a little bit of oil orevenalotofgaswouldbeasin. JAMES C. KEESEY Tabernash, Colorado There is a good chance oil people overestimate ANWR's potential. If they explore and find less than a bonanza, the problem is moot. If there is a bonanza, population pressure will force development within a generation. Do we do it now under good controls or MEMBERSHIP Please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800 -647-5463). Special device for the hearing-impaired (TDD) 1-800-548-9797. Online: nationalgeographic.com/ngm AOL Keyword: NatGeoMag later, possibly under the pressure of a war or other emergency? MARTIN C. EVERITT Arvada, Colorado Several facts were left out of the ANWR article. It was not men tioned that 95 percent of Alas ka's North Slope is already open to oil and gas development. It was also not mentioned that the Prudhoe Bay oil development creates more air pollution than Washington, D.C., and that it has averaged something like 400 oil spills a year in recent years. DELLAS HENKE Hopkins, Michigan Deadly Silk I enjoyed your article about spi ders. One day my husband called me to remove a snake from the carport. "There's no hurry," he said dryly. "It's got a spiderweb growing on it." Sure enough, I found a motionless baby garter snake eerily coiled and upright like a cobra as the centerpiece of a spiderweb. But when I went to remove it, I found it was very much alive! It just couldn't pull free from the web. I brushed it off and released it. I'll bet that spider is still dreaming about the big one that got away. SHARI PRANGE Bonny Doon, California NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * DECEMBER 2001 I; I NA1 PH1 . ' NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "Forthe increase and diffusion of geographicknowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,000 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., Presidentand CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. ADAMSON TERRY D. 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