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Volume 39, Number 1 January/February 1988

In This Issue

January/February 1988
Camels Down Under
Written by Arthur Clark
Photographed by Steve Strike

Harry was the first, and he was a disaster. But by 1920, Australia had imported some 20,000 camels to help explore the continent and lay the New nation’s foundations. Those camels’ feral offspring are proving valuable today.

Dr. Sackler’s Buried Treasures
Written by Aileen Vincent-Barwood
Photographed by Dale O'Dell

The building of the Sackler Gallery of Far and Near Eastern Art broke new ground in more ways than one. But with skylights, windows and reflectors, the new museum's architecture makes light of its underground location.

The Hawks of May
Written by John M. McDougal
Photographed by Salah Bettaieb

When quail thunder up from the golden wheat, the hunters launch their feathered missiles. Wild-trapped sparrow hawks are still everybody's springtime sport in two towns on Tunisia's Cap Bon peninsula.

A Passage Toward India
Written by Daniel Pawley
Illustrated by Norman MacDonald

E. M. Forster's path to his great Indian novel went by way of Alexandria, where he spent three wartime years observing, thinking and writing. Egypt matured his vision of life and enriched his examination of the human heart.

Written by Raymond Schuessler

Anything that’s important to acountry can turn up on its stamps, and the oil industry has been crucial to the development and history of many nations. The result: a new, challenging and varied philatelic specialty.

Secrets of the Sands
Written by John Lawton
Photographed by Tor Eigeland

The dew, the dunes and the drought-resistant trees of a pocket-sized desert in Oman yielded some of their secrets to scientists' intensive scrutiny. The data make the Wahiba Sands a valuable scientific resource in themselves.