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. 78, No. 8, August

2006 First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards: Nominate a Responsible Tourism Winner and a Trip to Antarctica Could Be Yours
WIN a ten-night voyage the Antarctic UK resident who nominate a winning organisation will automatically have their name entered into a draw for two fabulous holidays * 1st prize A ten-night voyage a main-deck cabin for two aboard an Antarctic...
A Global Addiction
Heroin is a globally traded product, supporting local and, in some cases national, economies. The continuing instability in Afghanistan has seen production rise to record levels, and the country now supplies 90 per cent of the world's heroin. The increases...
Alpine Ambles: Hit the Heights with Our Equipment Editor, Paul Deegan, as He Offers Up His Tips on Getting the Most out of a Trek in the Alps
During the summer of 1990, I set out to walk the famous Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), a 190-kilometre circumambulation of the Mont Blanc massif. The TMB is the quintessential Alpine trek: it passes through France, Switzerland and Italy, provides unrivalled...
Calling All Young Geographers
Dreaming of going to university or taking a gap-year to travel? If so, you could benefit from the Society's Young Geographer membership category. Whether you have a burning interest in the environment or international development, earthquakes or climate...
Diplomacy and Discovery: Today, We Tend to Think of Ambassadors as Urbane Bureaucrats and Wily Politicians but, as Jonathan Wright Reveals, There Was a Time When They Were among the World's Most Prodigious Discoverers and Explorers
In 1588, the remorseless Russian winter cast its spell over Giles Fletcher, Elizabeth I's ambassador to the court of Tsar Feodor I. Far from home, he was awe-stricken--and palpably terrified--by Moscow's cruellest months. From November to March,...
Geographical Flags of the World: Yemen
DESCRIPTION A rectangular tricolour banner made up of equal, horizontal stripes of red, white and black. HISTORY Yemen's first flag, adopted by the north in 1927, was red with a white sword running horizontally across the centre. The sword was bordered...
Japanese Encephalitis: Medical Advice from Jason Gibbs, Head Pharmacist at Nomad Travel Stores and Health Clinics
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral disease endemic to many parts of Asia and the western Pacific. It's spread by the Culex tritaeniorhynchus mosquito, which typically breeds in rice paddies just after the rainy season when there is plenty of warm,...
Light, Camera, Action
A moving subject presents the photographer with a situation that requires quick thinking and plenty of preparation. Photographers don't capture images of rapidly moving subjects such as lions chasing prey by merely reacting to what passes in front...
Mapping out Geography's Language: Illustration of Geographical Terms (C. 1735)
The word geography is derived from the Greek for 'earth', with a suffix denoting the process of writing or of graphic representation, and its teaching has traditionally relied on visual aids. Central to this has been the use of cartography--in geography,...
Souvenirs from the Silk Road
The early-20th-century archaeological expeditions made by Sir Marc Aurel Stein into the desert wastelands of China captured the public's imagination. In the West, he was hailed as the greatest Silk Road explorer, but to the Chinese, he was an imperialist...
Ten of the Best: Kitting Yourself out for an Alpine Amble Couldn't Be Easier as, Once Again, We've Pored over the Catalogues, Visited the Shops and Quizzed the Staff to Bring You Our Pick of the Gear on Offer
1 Tent 340 [pounds sterling]/2.05-2.5 kilograms A cracking two person tent that weighs in at around a kilo per person. Solid walls keep heat in on chilly nights, while a gargantuan door helps to ensure that the occupants remain comfortable in...
The Land That Time Forgot
First recruited from Germany almost 1,000 years ago to defend Romania's border against foreign invaders, the Saxon people of Transylvania thrived in fortified communities high in the Carpathian MountainS. But persecution by the Communists during the...
The Witches of Gambaga: Belief in Witchcraft Is Still Widespread in Africa, and Being Accused of Its Practice Can Be a Death Sentence. and with Traditional Gender Roles Being Challenged, Such Accusations Are Becoming Increasingly Common. Simon De Trey-White Visits a Camp in Ghana That Has Housed 'Convicted' Witches for More Than 200 Years
They say I chopped a child," the old lady said, her tiny figure lit by the soft light of a Ghanaian dawn. Her fine, deeply lined face was tight-lipped and impassive as she lent against the door of her small thatched hut but her eyes burnt with pride,...
Win an 8,000 [Pounds Sterling] Luxury Holiday to Australia: Luxury-Travel Specialists Abercrombie & Kent Travel Are Offering You the Chance to Win a Fabulous Seven-Night Escape for Two to Australia
The winner and their guest will fly to Sydney with Qantas, where they will be met by an expert Abercrombie & Kent guide and transferred to the elegant Park Hyatt hotel. Beautifully positioned on the shores of Sydney Harbour, the hotel has spectacular...
Young Geographer of the Year Competition 2006: With Almost 3,000 Personally Designed Maps Submitted, This Year's Geographical Young Geographer of the Year Was the Most Successful to Date. Competition Judge Rex Walford Muses on Some of the Highlights and Comes to the Conclusion That Cartography Is Alive and Well among Tomorrow's Geographers
"I'd never have been able to climb Everest without this," said Rebecca Stephens, the first British woman to climb the world's highest mountain, as she brandished a clearly well-used and much-loved survey map at the annual Geographical Young Geographer...
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