Life above and below water
In this volume:
Photos: Uwe Dorst, Burkard Kahl, Piero Giaculli & Heiko Bleher – Text: ag team & Uwe Dorst (pp. 6-28)
7000 km across the central highlands, the isthmus, and the Yucatan peninsula. A fascinating journey, full of interest above and below water, through a country even today resplendent with the glories of the Maya culture.
Photos: Massimo Brega – Text: Ornella Valle, Pier Giorgio Ruggeri & the ag team (pp. 30-34)
A living fossil, resident on our planet for millions of years. Its eggs can survive for years in the desert – no-one knows exactly how long. But this little creature is a threat to the livelihood of the rice growers of the world…
Text & Photos: Tony Karacsonyi – Drawings: Burkard Kahl (pp. 36-42)
That is the official name of a beautiful bay, “Down Under” in southern Australia, but “Paradise on Earth” would be a better title. The photography of our freelance contributor Tony Karacsonyl has to be seen to be believed.
Text & Photos: Heiko Bleher (pp. 44-65)
Or, as it is known outside its borders, Laos; a hitherto little-known land with a fabulous inland delta and exotic peoples. Our Editor-in-chief reports on these and many other wonders of this fascinating country.
Photos: Reinhard Dirscherl – Text: ag team (pp. 66-71)
Reinhardt Dirscherl, author of the Spring Magic article also in this issue, shows us some of his finest fish portraiture. A real feast for the eyes.
THE FROG IN THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF MANKIND
Photo & Drawings: Josef Guter & ag archives – Text: Josef Guter (pp. 74-80)
How many people know that for more than 7,000 years the frog has played a pivotal role in a number of cultures? Josef Guter’s study, researched over many years, is an absolute must. Unbelievable, but true nonetheless.
Photos: Heiko Bleher (if notunless otherwise mentioned) – Text: Heiko Bleher
There are fishes which sometimes seem to forget they are fishes at all, survival specialists which can actually travel across dry land. Their taxonomic history is almost as interesting as the fishes themselves.
Drawings & Old Photos: ag archives – Text & Photos: Heiko Bleher (pp. 88-95)
The bloody history of the discovery of a lake in Papua New Guinea. The lake itself is a dream come true, but beneath its surface a horror story has been enacted. Introduced fishes have wiped out a unique endemic species – just one example of Man’s destruction of the world about him.
SCORPION FISHES AND DEADLY GARGOYLE
Text and Photos: C. Bryce & G. R. Allen (pp. 98-104)
It can be difficult to decide whether a stonefish is a rock or a living creature. The protection offered by its incredible camouflage is reinforced with deadly venomous spines. This report may put you off swimming in tropical waters!
Photos: R. Dirscherl & B. Kahl – Text: R. Dirscherl (pp. 106-112)
Even in Europe there are still places that remain totally unspoiled. The exact location of this fairytale spot must remain a secret, in order to preserve its charm for as long as possible. But ag enables you to catch a glimpse of this natural paradise in our midst.
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