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. 84, No. 7, July

Ashoka: India's Lost Emperor
ASHOKA: India's Lost Emperor by Charles Allen Little Brown. hb. 25 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Charles Allen doesn't a disapoint. The veteran chronicler of all things Indian has filled a gap in the history of that country with...
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Fatal Attraction: There Are Only Five Active Lava Lakes on Earth, and None Is More Accessible Than That of Mount Nyiragongo in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Henry Wismayer Reports on How Increased Security in This War-Torn Region Is Enabling Intrepid Travellers to Visit This Spectacular Natural Marvel
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My destination is still far in the distance, but I've been encountering bits of it for the past five minutes, frozen into jagged, black tsunamis and crumbled into cinder-block-sized chunks at the side of the road. 'The lava...
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Going for Geography Gold
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Olympic fervour is growing, and soon millions of people will descend on London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has been using this special occasion to encourage teachers...
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Maldives
In May, demonstrators attempted to disrupt the opening of parliament in the Maldives. Nearby roads were blocked and there were violent struggles between police and crowds. The protesters, who included opposition MPs, were calling for the resignation...
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Mapping India
MAPPING INDIA by Manosi Lahiri Niyogi Books, hb, 90 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Indian cosmographers, Manosi Lahiri explains, tended towards artistic rather than realistic representation; their 'maps' were based on religious...
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Mining Mania: The Lure of Gold Has Brought Thousands of Migrants to the Rainforests of the Brazilian Amazon, Where They Toil in Artisanal Mines for Little Reward. and as the Country's Reserves Are Exhausted, the Practice Has Begun to Spread to Neighbouring French Guiana
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A trader examines a nugget in Oiapoque, Amapa province, Brazil. History's first recorded gold rush took place in Brazil during the 1960's, when about 400,000 Portuguese speculators imported more than 500,000 African slaves...
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Natural Selection: Part of Everyday Life in Medieval Times and a Regular Fixture in the Courts of Our Monarchs, Birds of Prey Are Making a Comeback as Landowners Look for an Environmentally Friendly Form of Pest Control
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's silent in the wood. Or at least it would be if we weren't struggling through knee-high brambles and moaning about it. Belle, an eight-year-old Harris hawk sits above us in a bare beech tree, aloof and watchful. We stop...
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Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu Are the Authors of the Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet (Public Affairs, 2012)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN OUR OPINION, the belief that food grown and produced locally is superior in myriad ways to food produced in distant regions--ignores the many benefits that the globalised food supply chain have brought to human populations....
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Polar Exploration: A Practical Handbook for North and South Pole Expeditions
POLAR EXPLORATION: A Practical Handbook for North and South Pole Expeditions by Dixie Danscoer Cicerone, pb, 15.95 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first question has to be 'Who is this book for?', and after reading...
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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Selection of Events for July
3-5 July Annual International Conference (Conference, University of Edinburgh) The RGS-IBG's three-day annual international conference attracts more than 1,200 geographers from around the world. This year's theme will focus on the security of...
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Shifting Sands of the Bedouin World: Bedouin Pastoralists Have Inhabited the Deserts of the Middle East and North Africa for Thousands of Years. Today, However, Many Are Finding It Increasingly Difficult to Maintain Their Traditional Semi-Nomadic Way of Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the northernmost reaches of Egypt's Western Desert, a Bedouin shepherd watches over a flock of some 70 sheep. He wears a frayed and soiled grey galabiya; a lavender keffiya is coiled loosely atop...
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Small Is Beautiful: In July and August, the UK's Few Remaining Lowland Heaths Offer Up a Wildlife Bonanza in Miniature and Give Photographers a Fantastic Opportunity to Document Life below Knee Height with a Macro Lens
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When written down or spoken. 58,000 hectares seems like a vast expanse of land--it's six times the area of Paris after all, and the same size as the Isle of Man. But 58,000 hectares can disappear very quickly--it's the net...
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Ten of the Best: Steve Duncan Takes a Combination of Specialist Gear to Keep Him Safe, Clean, Warm and Dry, and More Everyday Equipment That Helps Him Make the Most of His Time below the Surface
1. Waders Orvis Clearwater Endura Breathable Bootfoot Waders 189 [pounds sterling]/2.1 kilograms Inexpensive PVC thigh-waders are fine most of the time, but for high water, nothing beats these lightweight chest waders. Erling and I began our...
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The End of the World as We Know It: As Scientists Learn More about Earth's Previous Five Mass Extinctions and the Geological Events That Led to Them They Are Beginning to Detect Alarming Parallels with the Effects of Global Warming Today and Are Warning That History Could Be about to Repeat Itself
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the glorious 3.5-billion-year history of life on Earth there hides a dark fact of the four billion species that are thought to have evolved, 99 per cent have become extinct. On this planet, extinction is the norm. Species...
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The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
THE HOCKEY STICK AND THE CLIMATE WARS: Dispatches from the Front Lines by Michael E Mann, Columbia University Press, hb, 19.95 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Michael Mann has no objection to scepticism. On the contrary, he cherishes...
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The Mystery the Jars: A Recent Expedition to a Remote Cave in Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains Has Helped to Shed New Light on the Origins of a Series of Extraordinary Burial Sites
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For Dr Nancy Beavan, the arrival of a courier bearing a bag of bones is a regular occurrence. Over the years, the US-born specialist in radiocarbon dating, currently based at New Zealand's University of Otago, has received...
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Urban Spelunking: Spelunking? It's What We Would Call Caving or Potholing. and Urban Spelunking Is What It Sounds Like: Exploring Cities' Underground Infrastructure. Steve Duncan Describes the Highs and Lows, and Outlines the Kit You'll Need to Mount Your Own Metropolitan Subterranean Expedition
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was the start of a week-long expedition through New York's underground and I had already ripped a hole in my chest waders. Four metres beneath Tibbett Avenue in the Bronx and the water coursing through the tunnel was cold...
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William Lindesay Walked the Length of the Great Wall of China in 1987 and Recently Discovered a New Section in Mongolia. He Talks to Kit Gillet about Spending Nearly 2,000 Days on One of the World's Most Iconic Structures and Almost Dying in the Gobi Desert
I always loved looking at atlases. I went to a prep school in the north of England and my headmaster--who was a Church of England minister--told us that by our bedsides we should have a bible, a prayer book and an atlas. I came over to China in...
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Writers Reads
Manosi Lahiri is an Indian geographer. Born in Calcutta, she studied in the UK and India before receiving a geography PhD from the University of Delhi. Her latest book. Mapping India, is out now TOP 10 1. Tresspassers on the Roof of the World...
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