Geographical

The monthly magazine of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. Covers a broad range of subjects related to geography in articles on people, places, cultures, adventure, responsible travel, history, science, and the envir

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 7, July

5 Unmissable African Destinations
With more than 40 countries and a land area of more than 30 million square kilometres, the African continent offers an incredible diversity of travel destinations. We asked Brian Jackman to nominate his top five 1 Namib desert Of all Africa's...
Africa
1 Shadows across the Sahara John Hare, explorer and founder of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation, recently accomplished what is probably his greatest feat yet: crossing the Sahara by camel Until the end of the 19th century, the camel road...
Art from Space
Since July 1972, when the first Landsat satellite was launched into space, remote sensing has been transforming the way in which we view our planet and the way we conduct our lives. Scientists have put this technology to an increasing number of uses,...
Asia
1 In search of the unknown Collaboration between the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Kebun Raya Bogor, Indonesia's national botanic garden, that aimed to collect important plants from the rainforests of northern Sulawesi Because of the turbulent...
Bringing the Empty Quarter Back to Life: In 1972, the Last Remaining Wild Arabian Oryx Disappeared-Shot by Poachers or Captured for a Private Collection. However, Thanks to Captive-Breeding and Reintroduction Programmes, This Magnificent Antelope Has Returned to the Sands of the Empty Quarter
"Over there, about two miles away," Maartin shouted. Some fuzzy white shapes were all that was visible as I swept my binoculars across the shimmering plain. Were my eyes playing animal-shaped tricks in the spotlight brightness of the morning sun? Were...
Discover Africa: The Vast Continent of Africa Is Incredibly Diverse, Offering All Kinds of Landscapes, Wildlife, Cultures and Travel Opportunities. (Geographical Promotion)
Somak Holidays Breathtaking sunsets, stunning vistas and an unmistakable symphony of evening sounds--the African bush is a magical destination for adventurous travellers. Somak, a family-run company with 35 years experience, offers a personalised,...
Dr Patricia Wright Was Social Worker in New York When a Chance Encounter with an Owl Monkey Sparked a Passion for Primatology
Dr Patricia Wright was social worker in New York when a chance encounter with an owl monkey sparked a passion for primatology. Her interest eventually led her to Madagascar, where she discovered a species of lemur previously unknown to science. She...
Europe
1 Social geography in Scotland Dundee University study into the geography of people with learning disabilities The project began by assessing Scottish policy and discussing how research could contribute to policy development with a representative...
Holding History: The British Museum Celebrates Its 250th Birthday This Year. Former Director Sir David M Wilson Gives a Guided Tour through Its Long and Distinguished Past
the origins of the British Museum can be traced to a single man. In 1753, Sir Hans Sloane, a 92-year-old physician and the greatest collector of his time, bequeathed his accumulation of some 71,000 objects, a library and herbarium to the nation. This...
Moving Here: The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Has Recently Contributed a Collection of 2,500 Images to Be Used on a New Website to Provide Online Material on a Variety of Communities Who Have Migrated to England over the Past Two Centuries
Hosted by the Public Record Office (now part of the National Archives) and supported by the New Developments Fund, a new project, entitled Moving Here, will document and illustrate the migration of Irish, South Asian, West Indian and Jewish people...
Past Imperfect
This year, file British Museum celebrates its 250th anniversary, and on page 26, former director Sir David Wilson recounts the history and development of this world-famous institution. Museums--as great repositories of our past--are often criticised...
President's Final Word. (in Society: A Round-Up of News, Views and Events Happening at the RGS-IBG This Month)
One of the things that really excites me about the Society is the fact that it represents an extraordinary coming together of knowledge about the world. One of our greatest strengths is that we bring together such a diverse range of people--from professional...
Prize Crossword
First five correct entries win this Victorinox Jelly-Light Classic and Cross Pen Set, worth 29.95 [pounds sterling] ACROSS 1 Yank consortium redeveloped N. American range (5,9) 9 Jumpy ram ideally holding grand monumental tomb (7) 10 Hibernating...
Researching the World: Reflecting the Diversity and Scope of Geography and the World Itself, the Exciting Research Projects That Are Funded by the Grants Programme of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Are as Wide Ranging as They Are Fascinating
Over the past year, with the help of the RGS-IBG, teams have travelled far and wide in the name of exploration and discovery. Every discipline of geography has been represented and every continent visited. While the projects were primarily academic--such...
Society Events for July: Society Events in July Are Limited Owing to the Completion of the Summer Events Programme and the Start of Building Work to Improve the Facilities and Entrance to the Ondaatje Theatre Foyer
3 July, 7.00pm PLANNING YOUR GAP YEAR (Society's House, 1 Kensington Gore, London) Chaired by John Vessey of Gap Enterprise Consultants with Charlie McGrath of Objective Gap Year and Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth. An evening for students and parents...
The Americas
1 Bats in Belize Aberdeen University expedition to Belize The team undertook surveys in pine and broadleaf forests in Belize to ascertain the changes in bat and floral ecology between the two kinds of forestry. Working with two Belizean researchers...
The Cable Runners: In the Mountains of Central Colombia Is a Dangerous Game
High above Colombia's Rio Negro valley, 60 kilometres southeast of Bogota, seven-year-old Daisy Mora is preparing for school. Her younger brother Jamid is nervous--he's going too--and Daisy tries to calm him by singing traditional Colombian songs....
The Call of the Wild: A Love Affair That Began in the Pages of His School Atlas Has Seen Brian Jackman Visit Africa Time and Again over the Past 30 Years. Here He Explores the Reasons Why He's Continually Drawn Back to This Vast and Varied Continent and Presents His Five Unmissable African Destinations
It's good to be back on the road to Serengeti. It's familiar to me now, but no matter how often I return, its magic is as strong as ever. First comes the wonderful moment when, having climbed through the fertile maize fields and coffee plantations...
The Stone Menagerie: The Limestone Beds at Riversleigh, in Australia's Northeast, Contain One of the Most Spectacular Assemblages of Vertebrate Fossils Found Anywhere on Earth. Spanning a 25-Million-Year Period, These Ancient Bones Paint a Uniquely Detailed Picture of Everyday Life in Prehistoric Australia
Beneath the baking hot plains of northeastern Australia there is a natural museum housing such a wealth of fossils that it almost defies imagination. So abundant are the preserved remains in the ancient rocks at Riversleigh in northwestern Queensland...
Tourism in a Warmer World: The Travel Industry Is Taking Climate Change Very Seriously Indeed. Christian Amodeo Reports from the First International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism, Held in Djerba, Tunisia
Climate change, it is said, is set to cause widespread misery. Predictions suggest that worldwide an additional 170 million people will be severely water stressed by 2050. For some time now, scientists and NGOs have been warning of the dangers of global...
Visions of Africa
Since its foundation under Royal Charter in 1830, the Royal Geographical Society has been intimately involved in the exploration of the world. During the Society's early decades, Africa exerted a particularly powerful allure, and the RGS supported...