National Geographic : 1999 Mar
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Geog deC Camel Caravan Across the Sahara * Author Donovan Webster and photographer George Steinmetz found a landscape of splendid simplicity in Niger: limitless stretches of sand extending to the horizon. That arid environ ment is as treacherous to humans as any on Earth. What are the many challenges to safety faced by those who live or travel in this region? If you were going on a desert trek, what would be the most important thing to take with you? What advantages do camel drivers have over those who cross the Sahara in trucks? * Which compass direction was George Steinmetz facing when he photographed the camel cara vans on pages 2-4? You can find clues in the caption, the article, and the map on pages 12-13. * In 1996 less than a sixteenth of an inch of rain fell in Bilma, Niger. How does that compare with rainfall in a city near you? Check the Web or an almanac for local statistics. * Many towns and villages in Chad have no radios or tele visions. When they are intro duced, in what ways will they affect people's lives? At dawn a young Tuareg boy holds the leader of a 500-camel caravan before another day's trek across the Sahara. Along with freight the camels must carry all their own food. A Tua reg woman (below) vies with a suckling kid for goat's milk, used to make cheese. USE GEOGUIDE ALONG WITH THE ARTICLE ON THE SAHARA IN THIS ISSUE TO CAPTURE THE INTEREST OF YOUNG READERS AND STIMULATE DISCUSSION. YOU CAN VISIT GEOGUIDE ONLINE AT WWW.NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM/RESOURCES/EDUCATION/GEOGUIDE.