Table of Contents August 1995

Discover Magazine's mission is to enable readers to lead richer lives by explaining and expanding their universe.  Each month we bring you in depth information and analysis from various topics ranging from technology and space to the living world we live in.
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In just a few centuries, the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism. Are we about to follow their lead?
In a modest, nondescript building just outside Los Angeles, researchers are stockpiling a treasure--of organs, bones, and half-digested meals.
Flowers sprang up suddenly 150 million years ago, and no one knows how. But Elliot Meyerowitz hopes to find out, with a private collection of monster blooms.
Every winter an expanse of ice twice the size of the United States forms around Antarctica. Before it disappears in the spring, a vast, unexplored ecosystem comes into being.
Storms and hurricanes don't leave off where the atmosphere ends.