National Geographic : 1962 Jun
Geographic team reports disaster in Peru On Peru's highest peak early this year, a falling mass of ice triggered an avalanche that took thousands of lives. Headlines and broadcasts had barely announced this tragic example of geography on the rampage when NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC staff men Bart McDowell and Jack Fletcher flew to the Andes to bring back the detailed story. They arrived in the remote mountain walled valley even before the news had trickled to all the local Indians. Here, at snow-fed Lake Conococha, McDowell (left) and Fletcher are the first to bring details of the disaster that struck only 70 miles away. To prepare their vivid account (page 855), the men drew on a rich background of past assignments in Peru. At the scene they waded in icy debris, viewed the destruction from a helicopter, and talked to refugees. From such skilled reporting, GEOGRAPH IC members acquire an unrivaled knowledge of the earth and its moods.... Should you want to share the privilege of membership, use the form below to nominate a friend.