National Geographic : 2011 Feb
ETTERS L The exploration for oil in the Gulf of Mexico is obviously a risk-benefit fi situation with a little gambling thrown in on the basis of the BP disaster. Certainly the rewards are not only financial but also political, as it reduces fiour dependence on foreign oil. With the extensive current investigation into the causes of the oil spill, we should be in a better position, if drilling continues, to reduce the possibility of a repeat of the disaster. NELSON MARANS Silver Spring, Maryland Time for a Sea Change It was jarring to find the last paragraph fi of that story offering the sunny outlook of "rebuilding of the ocean's dwindling wealth" and "in the not too distant future...a truly bountiful, resurrected ocean." How is this miraculous turn- around to be achieved? Apparently just by promoting marine reserves, measur- ing the true impacts of fishing and fi aquaculture, reducing the fishing fl fi eet fl by half, enforcing take quotas, and eating lower on the food chain. Do you really think the world will welcome such measures? The opposition of the seafood industry is as nothing compared with the demands of seven billion hungry people, rich and poor. How could this analysis omit any mention of overpopu- lation and our appetite for fish, oil, and fi every other resource? DARYL P. DOMNING Silver Spring, Maryland Under the Big Sky A friend of mine recognized the skyline in William Albert Allard's 1974 photograph on the opening page. Being a longtime area resident, I suggested that we try to find the spot fi where the photo was taken. We did just that. There are a few new man-made structures visible, but this magnificent fi view looks much the same as it did 37 years ago. The only thing missing is the cowboy and his horse. EMILY ALEXANDER Alpine, Texas ® SERIOUS SHOOTERS HAVE NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO TRAVEL LIGHT. UNTIL NOW. THE INCREDIBLE NEW NIKON COOLPIX P7000. Nothing matters more to serious shooters than image quality. So when it comes to a smaller camera, only one measures up: the new Nikon COOLPIX P7000, with a large 1/1.7" CCD sensor, RAW shooting capability, the option of full manual control, NIKKOR ED glass, HD Movie, Nikon Speedlight compatibility and much more. It's the first good reason, ever, to shoot with something other than your D-SLR. For more, go to www.nikonusa.com/P7000 Nikon® and P7000TM are registered trademarks of Nikon Corporation. ©2010 Nikon Inc.