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. 74, No. 2, February

Adventure Travel in South America: In Addition to Its Incredible Scenery and Archaeological Marvels, South America Has a Wealth of Activities to Offer the Traveller
From whale watching to volcano skiing; jungle trekking to caving, visitors can experience real adventure in magnificent surroundings. Each of the tours shown has been highlighted for its responsible travel element, with operators encouraging care of...
Allan Thornton, Conservationist and Director of Environmental Investigation Agency. (Straight Talk)
You were given a lifetime achievement award at the recent BBC Animal Awards. Can you give us a brief overview of your work? I have spent most of the past 25 years in conservation. In Greenpeace, I helped purchase its Rainbow Warrior in the late...
A Toast to the the Serengeti: Jonathan Scott and His Wife Angie Feel at Home on Safari. Here the Photographer, Author and Presenter of BBC's Big Cat Diary Describes a Trip to Favourite Haunts. (out of Africa)
It is very hard for photographers not to see the world as a series of individual moments, snapshots just waiting to be taken. Angle and I travel to some of the world's most pristine wildernesses -- from the icy extremes of Antarctica to the wide open...
A Volga Habit: For the Community of Tsagan Aman in Russia, Caviar Is No Delicacy. It Is a Matter of Life and Death. (Caviar Culture)(Cover Story)
The community of Tsagan Aman in the Republic of Kalmykia, Russia, make their living poaching sturgeon from the river Volga. With little agriculture and no industry in the region, poaching is the community's only means of survival. But sturgeon stocks...
Changes Afoot at the Oasis: Jose Navarro Visited Egypt's Five Oases to See How Changes Are Affecting the Desert Dwellers. (Farming the Desert)
The `New Valley' development, of which Toshka is a part, is changing life across Egypt's five Western Desert oases. SIWA: Siwa, 800 kilometres northwest of Cairo, is the most remote of these oases. Despite the encroaching desert, this is one of...
Coca Eradiction Crisis Deepens. (Bolivia)
Negotiations between the Bolivian government and the coca farmers in Chapare, the region where the policy of enforced eradication of coca production was thought to have been most successful, has brought an end to recent road blockades set up by protesting...
Danger on the High Seas: Dr Mark Spalding Highlights the Threat of Rising Seas -- the Potentially Devastating and Likely Impact of a Global Temperature Rise on the World's Oceans. (Climate)
CLIMATE Over the last century, sea levels worldwide have risen by about 18 centimetres. In certain parts of the world, slow rises or falls in the Earth's crust may mask or exaggerate this change, but the fact of sea level rise is now well documented....
Dutch Brothers Bring Myths to Maps. Continuing Our Series, Map Expert Jonathan Potter Discusses One Particularly Elegant Map of Europe. (Map of the Month)
ONE OF THE GREATEST CARTOGRAPHIC PUBLICATIONS OF ANY PERIOD IS THE ATLAS MAJOR, published by the Blaeu brothers, Joan and Willem, in Amsterdam from 1662 to 1672. The work was produced in editions of as many as 12 volumes in Latin, French, Dutch, German...
Egypt: The Land Fed by the Mighty Nile Was a Cradle to One of the World's Greatest Civilisations, Whose Monuments Still Dominate the Landscape as Reminders of Its Ancient Glory. (Fact Finder)
Official name: Arab Republic of Egypt Population: 69,500,000 Capital: Cairo Currency: Egyptian Pound Religion: Islam 94 per cent, Christian 6 per cent Language: Arabic Area: 997,740 sq km Independence After 40 years of British...
Gear in Association with Expedition Kit Ltd. (News)
Northern outfitters EXP jacket, plus Arctic liner With an Arctic shell and a vital fixed hood, this jacket turned from a parka that could be used in less extreme conditions to one that protected me in the worst winter in living memory. Its best...
Geographical Photographer of the Year 2002: Win a Unique 16-Day Safari in South Africa, Courtesy of Classic Retreats, and a Hasselblad Xpan Camera Worth over 1,600 [Pounds Sterling]. (Photo Competition)
For over 65 years, Geographical has been renowned for its authority and expertise, exploring the world and its people and highlighting the diversity of cultures, wildlife and landscapes that make up our ever-changing planet. Bringing the world of geography...
Ibn Battutah (1304-1368): Possibly the Greatest Explorer of the Old World, His Exploits Are Known to the Modern One Thanks Only to the Foresight of a Sultan. (Late, Great Geographers)
What was he famous for? Abu Abdallah Ibn Battutah covered more than 116,000 kilometres over the course of 29 years and was dubbed the greatest traveller of the Old World for his efforts. Between 1325 and 1354, his journeys took him from Tangiers...
Individuals Must Act. (from the Editor)
AS I WRITE THIS, IT IS SNOWING OUTSIDE MY WINDOW - WHICH IS QUITE UNUSUAL FOR A SEASIDE town on the south coast. However, aside from this, the weather and environment seem pretty predictable for the time of year. The mornings are dark and chilly, the...
Just Add Water: Egyptian Investors and Small-Time Farmers Are Buying Cheap `Farmland' in the Western Desert Thanks to One of the World's Largest -- and Most Controversial -- Infrastructure Projects. (Farming the Desert)
WHEN THE SEARCHING HEAT DRIVES THE MERCURY PAST 45 [degrees] C, Hamed Abdel Kader escapes to the concrete hut he shares with his wife, two adult sons, 12 ducks and 12 chickens; it's just too hot to toil in the fields. The veteran farmer explains why...
Kit Yourself out for Your Next Trip: All for Free! (Reader Offer)
Geographical readers have the chance to win 5 sets of Craghoppers travel kit worth a total of 1,500 [pounds sterling]. Each winner will receive the essentials for a tropical trip -- a versatile zip-off pair of trousers that double as shorts, a long...
Learning How the World Works with Geography
A recent survey showed that 62 per cent of pupils aged 13-14 thought that geography would be useful to them when they left school. This figure rose to 82 per cent when the question was put to children who had opted to study the subject for GCSE. However,...
Location Link: If You Enjoy Diving in Gozo Then You'll Love Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, Says Helen Truszkowski. (Travel)
Striking coastal cliffs and cobalt-blue water give Malta's little sister island, Gozo, some of the most spectacular diving in the world. Visibility of 30 metres, dramatic rock formations and a wealth of marine life draw divers to Reqqa Point and Dwejra...
Nature a Victim of War on Terrorism. (Afghanistan)
The war against terrorism has made Afghanistan's environments some of the most degraded in the world, experts have warned. Even before the latest fighting, decades of conflict had ensured much of the country's lands had been irreversibly damaged, with...
Nick Middleton Questions and Answers. Nick Middleton Is a Geography Lecturer with a Penchant for the More Bizarre Outposts of Human Habitation. Editor Carolyn Fry Quizzed Him about His Travels. (in Conversation)
What was the first place you ever visited abroad? I think it was a school trip to Le Havre when I was nine. I still remember being told off for walking on the grass in a public park. I thought it was a curious attitude to have. Why did you choose...
Questions & Answers. (Mind Map)
NEW LAND ON EARTH Are volcanoes and the movement of the Earth's plates creating new land (above sea level) faster than land is being eroded through coastal erosion? The volume of the seas is increasing now, as global climate warms, due to thermal...
Seven Go Mad in Patagonia: Veterinary Surgeon and Writer Andrew Coe, Together with His Wife Sarah and Their Five Children, Took off in a Land Rover on an Eight-Week Expedition from Southern Chile to the Brazilian Border. (South America Adventure)
PATAGONIA -- THE SOUTHERNMOST REGION of South America extending from the Andes to the Atlantic -- is one of the most magical destinations in the world. Its very name evokes a sense of space and wandering; free will and solitude; desolation and a pioneering...
Silt Threat to Dams. (Global)
The build-up of silt behind many of the world's dams means reservoirs are losing their capacity to hold water, says the United Nations. On average, reservoirs are losing one per cent of their capacity every year, cutting into the estimated 6,815...
Society Events. (RGS-IBG News)
Events at the society take place at 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. If no contact number is given, you can obtain more details by calling: 0207 591 3100 At the Society 4 February, 6.30 pm Grasslands -- Humanity's Forgotten Treasure Grasses...
Telling Tiger Tales: A Writer, Film-Maker and Tireless Conservationist, Valmik Thapar Has Dedicated His Life to Studying and Protecting the Wildlife of His Native India. His Greatest Hope Is That a Tiger Will One Day Take Up Residence in the New Forest Parkland He Helped to Create. (Geographical Interview)
SOME PEOPLE HAVE A BEARING YOU NEVER forget. As an avid viewer of the 1997 BBC television series Land of the Tiger, I was struck by the powerful presence of the presenter as he took the viewer on a magical wildlife safari around the Indian sub-continent....
Travel Doctor. (Travel)
DEAR DOCTOR I am flying to Antigua next month with both my children. However the oldest, Zoe, who is three, has come into contact with another child who has since developed chickenpox. What are the chances she will get it too, and will she be allowed...
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