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Volume 40, Number 3 May/June 1989

In This Issue

May/June 1989
Babylon: A Rebirth
Written and photographed by William Tracy

Performances, pageantry and the drama of a 6,000-year-old venue made the Second Babylon International Festival an important cultural event. To Iraqis, it was also a link to the nation's history, and a celebration of peace.

Carpets and History
Written by Carol Bier

Precious Persian carpets and fine textiles, treasured trade items of the past, figured in trade, war and international diplomacy. We study these woven documents to learn about the times that produced them.

Crossing the Rub'
Written and photographed by Erik A. Mandaville

For a high school senior, it was the ultimate field trip: to drive across the Empty Quarter - where few explorers had ever gone - to learn more about its creatures, its geology and its climate. And, of course, to keep a journal.

Egypt's Underwater World
Written by Eric Hanauer
Photographed by Eric Hamauer

The desert-edged Red Sea includes some of the most beautiful scuba-diving sites in the world. Unique environmental conditions and modern, comfortable facilities ashore attract underwater tourists from around the world.

Lakes of the Rub' al-Khali
Written by Arthur Clark
Illustrated by Michael Grimsdale

Hippopotamus teeth and clam shells in the heart of the world's largest continuous sand desert are a hint from history: The Rub' al-Khali was not always as dry as it is today. Indeed, there were even lakes.