National Geographic : 1990 Nov
at least pay for the "grazing rights" that bring them so much economic benefit? RICHARD WEATHERILL Sidney, British Columbia The article was entirely too upbeat. Old guys sit around my shop telling tales of how in their youth they had diving boards on small local creeks off Humboldt Bay and how in the deep pools where the water stayed cold, the smolt were like clouds waiting for the fall rains to carry them out to sea. They can't find these holes now that logging has caused the hillsides to slide down and change the whole stream ecosystem. In my opinion the logging industry should be held responsible for returning the watersheds to productive fisheries. BRIAN J. FEDERICI Arcata, California Emeralds Applause to Fred Ward. His expressive words and photographs gave the reader the feeling of being with him in his search for emeralds (July). This goes into the category of things you always wanted to know but never took the time to research. FRANCES DURHAM Odessa, Texas Leafing through a past issue recently, I admired a gold-and-emerald cross found in the 16th-century Spanish shipwreck San Pedro (July 1971). Seeing the cross from the Spanish galleon Atocha on page 38 of this July's issue, I experienced de6j vu. Don't tell me that the early Spaniards had to endure look-alike jewelry. RICHARD K. YOUNG Houston, Texas Indeed they did. The two crosses and others like them were crafted in Indian workshops in Colom bia for European customers. Unfortunately, the San Pedro cross was stolenfrom the BermudaMar itime Museum in 1975 and has not been recovered. I am amazed that someone could learn the emerald industry so well in such a short time-and be able to convey it so vividly. I have been in the gemstone industry for many years, but this story gave me a new perspective. CHERYL KREMKOW Director,ICA Gembureau New York, New York The implication that the globe from the Iranian crown jewels was made entirely from "treasures wrested from India's Great Mogul" is not correct. The globe was commissioned by the Qajar ruler Naser al Din Shah in 1874-75 to collect some of the loose stones in the royal treasury. It is likely that some of the stones are from the invasion of India, but by no means all. FATHALI GHAHREMANI-GHADJAR New York, New York In fact, the E57 is so full of features, yet so fully automatic, it can turn any moment into winning video. Its 10x power zoom lens gets you in close when you're far away. It comes with an attachable video light for beautiful color rendition while shooting in low light situations. The 180°FlexiGrip"lets you use your imagination to catch action from hard-to-reach angles. And Canon's expert lens crafting means sharp, brilliant color images every time. It even has a wireless remote so recording and playback are more convenient. Make sure all your video moments are winners.Visit your Canon dealer and check out the new Canon E57 8mm camcorder. Canon Canovision 8" We know what it takes to make great video EnjoyeasyextendedpaymentswiththeCanonCreditCard Askfor detailsatparticipating CanondealersandretailersAvailableonlyinUS C 1990CanonUS A. Inc CanonU S A.OneCanonPlaza.LakeSuccess. NY. . .corder eBaseball.