National Geographic : 1990 Feb
On Assignment N AUTHORITY on seafloor mapping, marine geologist H. GARY GREENE helped design the Monterey Bay map for this issue. Then he con tinued to consult with our staff even after the October 17 Loma Prieta earthquake left his sur roundings in shambles. At his home in the Santa Cruz Mountains, three miles from the epicenter of the 7.1 Richter-scale quake, he felt "as if a plane had hit the house." Though they were wildly tossed, Gary and his wife escaped injury. At his office in Moss Landing Marine Laborato ries (below), a 40-foot-long crack in the floor exposed the underlying beach; the entire building must be demolished. Yet between rebuilding his house and assessing earthquake damage as a Branciforte fire department vol unteer, Gary managed to locate working phones and stayed in touch with us. PHILIPP. MICKLIN(ABOVE); MIGUELLUIS FAIRBANKS(RIGHT) Central Asia, GEOGRAPHIC Assistant Editor WILLIAM S. ELLIS (above, at left) and DetroitFree Press photographer DAVID TURNLEY look out on the desiccated remains of the Aral Sea. With them on his abandoned boat is Dzhetpisbai Ibragimov, one of thousands of Soviet fisher men thrown out of work after the once bountiful lake began to shrink. Though one of the centu ry's worst environmental disas ters, the crisis had been kept under wraps by authorities who permitted virtually no journalists in the area. Then debate about the catastrophe intensified among Soviet journalists and environ mentalists. After months of nego tiation the GEOGRAPHIC was granted access last September. In the spirit of glasnostthe Soviets also shared their satellite images (pages 86-7). For Bill the subject fits a growing interest in large-scale environmental calamities, such as the destruction of Brazil's rain forest (December 1988) and the desertification of Africa's Sahel (August 1987), just a few of his 36 articles for the magazine. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,17THANDM STS. N.W., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.