May 1999
The Caspian Sea
Africa’s Wild Dogs
Pirates of the Whydah
Missouri Breaks
Ants and Plants—Friends and Foes
The Rise of Life on Earth
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The Caspian Sea
By Robert Cullen
Photographs by Reza

Five countries now ring the Caspian, where two stood only a decade ago. The Soviet Union’s breakup left regional economies in tatters; it also spurred the biggest oil rush of the past quarter century.

Double Map Supplement: Caspian Sea

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Wild Dogs Africa’s Wild Dogs
By Richard Conniff
Photographs by Chris Johns

Dogs? Not really. Wild? Definitely. Only distantly related to any of the world’s other canids, these bush hunters live in sociable packs but suffer a bloodthirsty reputation.

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Pirates of the Whydah
By Donovan Webster
Photographs by Bill Curtsinger and Brian Skerry

Survivors swore the Whydah was packed with plunder when a nor’easter swamped her off Cape Cod in 1717. Now salvagers searching for the loot have hit archaeological gold: artifacts offering a treasure trove of insights into the lives of pirates.

Visit our “Pirates of the Whydah” museum exhibit online.

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Pirates of Whydah
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Missouri Breaks Missouri Breaks
By John Barsness
Photographs by William Albert Allard

In the river-gouged plains of eastern Montana folks tough as branding irons find community—when they want it.

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Ants and Plants—Friends and Foes
Article and photographs by Mark W. Moffett

In return for sustenance, ants pollinate and guard plants. But when ants ravage crucial nutrients, plants retaliate. Rarely captured images illustrate relationships both symbiotic and hostile.

Friends and Foes
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Fins to Feet The Rise of Life on Earth
By Kerri Westenberg
Photographs by Jonathan Blair

Did ancient fish haul themselves ashore on fins that later became limbs? Probably not, according to new discoveries suggesting that the legs animals use to walk on land originated in the Devonian period for life in the water.

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In Next Month’s Issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Cuba; The Rebirth of Old Havana; A Dinosaur Named Sue; John Glenn: Man With a Mission; Tam Dao—Sanctuary Under Siege; Ancient Art of the Sahara; Deep Soul of the New River

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