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. 6, June

A New Perspective on Global Change
The Society is supporting three new and exciting international geographical research projects--all of which will kick into action this month. The Society's Expeditions and Fieldwork, and Research and Higher Education committees worked in partnership...
Conflict in the Chaco: A Semi-Arid Expanse of Dense Thorn Scrubland the Size of Poland, the Chaco Region of Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina Isn't Exactly What You Would Call Prime Real Estate. Yet More Than 100,000 People Lost Their Lives When Paraguay and Bolivia Went to War over It. and Now, as Felicity Aston Discovers, a New Dispute Is Brewing
Tranquilino Florencio sits in a shady corner of the Casa de Ex-Combatientes, an ex-servicemen's club in the Paraguayan capital. Asuncion. The 89-year-old is a veteran of the bloodiest South American conflict of the 20th century. "They died second...
Explorer's Essentials: Anna McCormack, Full-Time Adcenture Racer
(1.) Nike ACG Orizaba Trail-Running Shoes and 'Run Speed One' X-Socks. These stable, lightweight shoes can be worn as comfortably in the jungle as in the mountains. * www.nike.com (2). Buff Headwear, These versatile seamless garments are made...
For the Love of Cod: Between January and April, the Waters Surrounding Norway's Lofoten Islands Become the Spawning Ground for Millions of Cod. This Annual Event Has Attracted Fishermen to These Bountiful Seas for Centuries. Ken Chowder Discovers That the Humble Cod Is Responsible for a Lot More Than the Islands' Cuisine
A visit to the Lofoten Islands isn't complete until you've been thoroughly informed about cod. The history, economy and even architecture of this imposing archipelago, which curves down from Norway's northern coast, are firmly rooted in the fishing...
General Principles of Food Hygiene: Medical Advice from Jason Gibbs, Head Pharmacist at Nomad Travel Stores and Health Clinics
Having previously looked at the causes and cures of travellers diarrhoea (March 2006), it's now time to turn to avoidance--always the best protection. There is a universally accepted mnemonic to help travellers avoid the riskiest situations: peel...
Geographical Flags of the World UK
Description: The Union flag, or Union Jack as it's more commonly known, has a blue background. The main design consists of a red cross, edged in white, superimposed upon a diagonal red cross, also edged in white, that has, in turn, been superimposed...
Jo Sargent in Conversation with
Jonathan Scott is a Kenya-based wildlife photographer and writer who has co-presented the Big Cat Diary series since its inception ten years ago. The programme's success has led to spin-off series following the lives of elephants, chimps and, most...
Just Add Water: Essential Gear Take a Paddle on the Wild Side with Paul Grogan as He Presents a Round-Up of the Past, Present and Future of Expedition Kayaking
When a friend and I first hatched a plan to paddle Siberia's Amur River from source to sea, little did I know that one of the biggest challenges I was going to have to face would be getting in and out of my Kayak every morning Our spray decks--the...
Lectures of the Month: Regional Theatres Events
The event highlights for June are connected to the Society's Regional Theatres Programme, with photographer and travel writer Kari Herbert and travel writer John Gimlette jointly taking on a total of five theatre venues across England between them....
Love and Loss
If there is one certainty in life, it must be its extinction. So it's hardly surprising that the rituals and accoutrements surrounding death and mourning in societies around the world show such diversity, from the towering funeral biers of Burma...
Saturation Point
According to a new country-wide assessment, more than 550,000 properties in England and Wales, with a combined value in excess of 100billion [pounds sterling], are at significant risk of flooding, and the number is still growing. As global warming...
Seeing the Earth Anew
GLOBAL A, our skies have become more and more densely populated with satellites, many of them bristling with increasingly sophisticated instruments, we've been rewarded with a steady stream of fascinating insights into the workings of our world....
Ten of the Best
To whet your appetite, we've put together a selection of some essential touring products, chosen to provide a complete, affordable kit without compromising on performance or quality 1 For expeditions Prijon Yukon Expedition Kayak From 750...
The Closer View: Getting Up Close and Personal with Your Subject Will Open Up a Wealth of Exciting New Photographic Opportunities
Having the right lenses for any photographic situation always pays off, and many photographers prefer to limit their choice to a clutch of zooms when travelling light.Telephoto zooms are among the most popular because of their versatility. They...
The Greatest Sheire in Englande: Manuscript Map of Yorkshire (C. 1605)
This is the only manuscript, or hand-drawn map in a collection of engraved, hand-coloured British Isles county maps, many of which were signed by the Dutch engraver Pieter van den Keere. Born in 1571, in Ghent, van den Keere left Holland to escape...
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