National Geographic : 2009 Oct
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Explorer Mike Fay hiked 1,800 miles to save the forest. By Joel K. Bourne, Jr. Photographs by Michael Nichols ESSAY: Big trees teach a broad lesson. The elusive Bryde's whale moves like a missile. Can a tolerant Islam beat out extremism? Ask Indonesia. By Michael Finkel Photographs by James Nachtwey In the wet past, hunters, farmers, even elephants lived there. By Charles Bowden Photographs by George Steinmetz It sank in 1533. Now it's been found, full of gold and history. By Roff Smith Photographs by Amy Toensing Art by Jon Foster 28 60 64 76 100 116 Redwoods: Super Trees Whirlwind Whales Facing Down Fanatics Unseen Sahara Treasured Ship OCTOBER 2009 • VOL. 216 • NO. 4 JAMES NACHTWEY Pilgrims head to security in an Indonesian terminal for flights to Mecca. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj insists on well-labeled bags. Story on page 76.