National Geographic : 2001 Jul
Forum SI' March 2001 Our EarthPulse on the world's "InsatiableAppetites" for energy fueled a powerful responsefrom readers. Defending North America's consumption, one wrote that since we produce more goods than any other region, we are "a net benefit to the world." Bemoaning the high cost of solar power, another reader said she "cannotafford to convert" and thus "doesn't have a chance to make a difference." Megatransect II As a longtime reader and Congo phile, I am glued to your Michael Fay dispatches. And in spite of all, I wish I was in the field with his team. ERICKA HAMBURG Brooklyn, New York I do not mean to question the caliber of Michael Fay nor the value of his work, which is phe nomenal. But none of the work would have been possible with out the Africans on his team. Be it the Inuit of the Arctic or the Pygmies of Africa, native peoples have a reservoir of hard-earned knowledge. It's time scientific expeditions assigned more respectable roles to them. VENKATESH SOSLE Montreal,Canada Michael Fay responds: I agree. Without the African team mem bers the vision wasfutile; with them we all accomplished our goal. These men are very proud of their achievement, and several have gone on to work with the conservation community. Great article. I could feel the heat and the suck of the muck on Fay's sandals. STEVEN G. McCLOY Barrington, Rhode Island There is a bit of medical trivia on page 24 that should be clari fied. The author says Mouko had hepatitis, not malaria, "since his urine was dark, the Quinimax brought no improvement, and his eyes were going yellow." All these symptoms are consistent with falciparum malaria, of which some strains are quini dine resistant. JERALD DONOVAN, M.D . Irvine, California The two diseases do have similar symptoms. Fay's diagnosis was later confirmed at the regional hospitalin Makokou, Gabon. Palmyra Atoll I believe I am the only Air Force pilot alive who has made an emergency landing on Palmyra. In January 1945 my crew and I had serious mechanical failure over the ocean on our way from Hawaii to the island of Biak off the coast of New Guinea. How we found Palmyra without radios or radar, I don't know. But about 30 Navy personnel at the tiny base looked up and saw a B-24 bomber making a frantic approach to the narrow, unpaved landing strip. If Palmyra had not been there, I would not be here. JACK P. DONAHUE San Antonio, Texas NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * JULY 2001 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "Forthe increaseand diffusion of geographicknowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, ).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 TIERRENCE B. ADAMSON TERRY D. GARCIA, Mission Programs NINA D. 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