National Geographic : 1993 Nov
On Assignment ater blessed our nation this year and cursed it. Down pours ended California's drought, but a dry summer seared South Carolina. The Midwest still reels from flood. Water is on everyone's mind. Two weeks after this issue arrives, members will receive a special edi tion devoted exclusively to water. The report, more than two years in the making, is the magazine's contri bution to the National Geographic the first extra issue since the Febru ary 1981 special report on energy. -" Many people contributed to "the water issue," among them free lance writer Michael Parfit. ANNIERIFITHS BELT;JEFFCOOKBELOW "Wherever I went, it was raining," remembers Michael, who criss crossed the continent in the small airplane he calls "my car." While he was camping outside Paris, Texas, a cloudburst nearly washed his tent away-with him inside. Freelance photographer Peter Essick got wet too. As he landed in Alaska, his seaplane's pontoon filled with water. Before the plane capsized, the pilot lobbed his two way radio into a snowbank and Pe ter grabbed his waterproof camera case. They swam to shore, built a fire, and waited six hours for rescue. Jim Richardson finished work MICHAEL PARPIT ETOP)ER HIS on the special issue's MississippiMONTANA HOME IN THERAF THAT segment last winter. He returned ACCOMPANIED HIMON HIS 25,000 in July to photograph the runaway MILEJOURNEY.SALVAGERS river. "It's incredible," he reported PLNE AL SEA-). via cellular phone. Beside him, a IN KEITHSBURG,ILLINOIS,JIM wall of wet sandbags strained to RICHARDSONFOCUSESON hold the swollen Mississippi. "This ATTEMPTSTO RESTRAINTHERAM river is like a big animal. It doesn't have to do much to hurt you." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17TH ST. N.W ., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.
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