National Geographic : 1998 Mar
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Assignment MARINE SANCTUARIES An Assignment That Was All Wet Getting a feel for his story, writer Doug Chadwick snorkeled through the coral-breeding grounds at Flower Garden Banks sanctuary in the Gulf of Mex ico. He recently learned to dive and says "it's a whole new frontier to write about." Doug has always enjoyed fieldwork; as a kid he spent summers helping his geologist-dad explore the backcountry in the West, then grew up to be a wildlife biologist. "But not enough people read scientific papers," says Doug of his career switch to journalism. "It's a better way to get the word out-and still get to be outside." * NENETS A Chum of One's Own Life in a ten-person deerskin tent, or chum, in Siberia wasn't so hard, says Sven Haakanson, Jr. (below, left), an Alaska Alutiiq and Harvard Ph.D. candidate. "All those people keep you warm." For three months he roomed with the Serotetta family, recording traditions for the Living Yamal Project of the Smithsonian Insti tution's Arctic Studies Center, which helped arrange our coverage. "The Nenets still have their culture, which we have lost at home. They have a sense of identity and know where they belong," says Sven. MARIASTENZEL NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517THST.N.W .,WASHINGTON,D.C.20036-4688.$27.00A YEAR,$5.00A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D.C.,AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,PO. BOX 63002,TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.