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. 82, No. 9, September

A Fragile Web
Surely one of the most enduring concepts from school biology as that of the food web. The idea of an array of organisms, linked together by their interactions as either predator or prey, has a real elegance to it. And it's a powerful ecological...
A Matter of One Metre
Supported by the Royal Geographical Society's Land Rover 'Go Beyond' Bursary, Tim Bromfield is part of a team circumnavigating the Atlantic Ocean to discover how those living along its coast will be affected by changing sea levels, which are projected...
Bangkok's Great Green Lung
Bangkok's Bang Kra Jao is a rare urban oasis amid the chaos and bustle of one of Asia's most congested cities. Appearing as a mysterious black patch from local skyscrapers, this extensive jungle remnant, somehow overlooked by developers, is now being...
Britain from the Air Takes off This Autumn
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'In Britain, our landscapes tell the stories of our heritage, bring alive the beauty of our environment and challenge us all to understand the changes taking place today in our towns and cities,' said RGS-IBG president Michael...
Dark Water: The Cave Diver's Mnemonic-'The Good Divers Always Live': Training, Guide Lines, Depth, Air, Lights-Highlights the Importance of Preparation as Well as Specialist Gear for Those Taking Part in What Can Be an Extremely Dangerous Sport. Nick Lewis Describes What's Involved
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] First, an admission: I have mixed feelings about writing this. As a cave diver, I understand the desire of cavers and open-water divers to explore the depths of submerged caves, but all too often, gear columns encourage the...
I'm a Geographer: Your Path to a Career in Geography
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Why study geography? Whether researching a volcano that stops air travel in its tracks, deciding where to locate a wind farm, or using geographical information systems (GIS) to help locate a business, the work of geographers...
Lessons from a Disaster
The earthquake that destroyed much of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, in January brought one of the world's least developed nations to its knees. With work now under way to repair the damage, those involved in the reconstruction efforts are wondering...
South Devon
A strip of coastline that encompasses five river valleys, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and winding country lanes connnecting picturesque seaside towns, South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has long been a stronghold of maritime heritage....
Spencer Wells
Spencer Wells is a population geneticist who has travelled the world collecting DNA samples in an attempt to chart ancient human migration and evolution. His latest book, Pandora's Seed, looks at how much of our DNA has adapted to our 'new' agricultural...
Ten of the Best
Diving in underwater cave systems involves entering one of the most hazardous environments on the planet.' Quite apart from the rigourous training and regular scuba kit, cave divers need specialist gear, often worn in very specific configurations,...
The Bear Necessities: The Fortunes of the Bear Populations of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest Are Intimately Connected with Those of the Salmon on Which They Feed. but According to Recent Research, That Connection Goes All the Way to the Forest Itself
The fetid aroma hit me first: a pungent cocktail of salty sea, heady pine and rancid decay, twisting like a bottle brush inside my nose. It certainly wasn't what I expected to experience in the ancient coniferous woodland on Gribbell Island, part of...
The Dream That Drowned
At the end of the 19th century, travellers began flocking to Lake Epecuen in Argentina to 'take the waters', and a dazzling spa town quickly grew up on its shores. But the lake's unpredictable levels stymied development. The government's solution was...
The Urban Jungle: The Back Gardens and Parks of Britain's Towns and Cities Teem with Wild Animals That Provide Ideal Photographic Subjects Close to Home-Literally. Keith Wilson Offers Some Advice on Capturing the Everyday Behaviour of the Creatures with Which We Share the Urban Environment
he recent attack by a fox on two baby girls asleep in the upstairs bedroom of their East London home brought the extent of Britain's population of urban foxes into stark focus. Estimates suggest that nearly 15 per cent of the UK's foxes now live in...
Top Ten Writer's Reads
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Christopher Somerville is a travel writer who has spent more than 25 years writing and broadcasting about country walks in rural Britain. His latest book, Never Eat Shredded Wheat, is out now 1. THE WILD PLACES by Robert...
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