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. 8, August

Another Side of Afghanistan: Despite Concerns over Security in the Region, Dodgy Mechanics Were the Only Source of Danger That Spike Reid and His Team Encountered during a Trek through the Mountainous Wakhan Corridor in Northeastern Afghanistan
We were about to set off on a big trek through the Wakhan Range when I noticed that one of my fellow team members was wearing a synthetic base layer. I had merino-wool tops, which have a deserved reputation for repelling body odour for a long time--in...
Ash Cloud Conundrum
IN MY OPINION, the volcanic ash crises of 2010-11 re-exposed the gap between science and policy. So, what have we learned from the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland? Have the responses to the more recent detonations of Grimsvotn (Iceland),...
Bradley L Garrett Is a US Geographer and 'Urban Explorer'
Bradley L Garrett is a US geographer and 'urban explorer'. After moving to London in 2008, he began researching the urban-exploring community before joining their ranks and taking part in feats such as scaling Europe's tallest building and visiting...
Excellence Recognised
From scientific fieldwork and historical geography to excellence in teaching and photography, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s annual medals and awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions across the breadth of geography. ...
Fishy Business: For Millennia, the Waters off West Africa Have Provided Those Living along Its Coastline with a Bountiful Haul of Fish and Seafood. but, as Mark Rowe Reports, the Region's Fisheries Are Coming under Increasing Pressure as Unscrupulous Foreign Trawlers Scramble for a Piece of the Action
Fed by an upwelling of cold, incredibly nutrient-rich water, the seas off West Africa nourish a marine food chain of incredible abundance. And yet, while every year, around 3.6 million tonnes of fish are hauled from these waters, most of the West African...
In-Flight Entertainment: Small, Dark and Fast-Moving, Swifts and Swallows Make Challenging Photographic Subjects. but with a Bit of Inside Knowledge, Capturing These Summer Migrants Becomes Distinctly Easier
While most people struggle to find anything positive to say about the wetter summers that have prevailed in recent years, what many of us overlook is the benefit these conditions have on key aspects of our environment. A warm, wet summer helps plants...
Learning Difficult Lessons
When I was in high school, I used to go fishing with a mate every couple of weekends in a national park in northern Sydney. At first, we fished off the rocks, but one day we decided to have a go off a small beach and immediately hit paydirt. That first...
'Mapping Scotland's History: Maps Don't Just Tell Us Where Things Are, They Also Provide Unique Insights into How Things Were at the Time the Map Was Produced. Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes and Charles WJ Withers, Authors of Scotland: Mapping the Nation, Discuss Four Depictions of the Nation through Its History
Maps don't present a simple, clear correspondence with the world 'out there', but something much more interesting and revealing--if more difficult to interpret in a straightforward way. They reduce and select from the world, they embellish and enhance...
MSF Saving Lives in Sahel
The Sahel region Saving severely malnourished children The Sahel region of Africa is facing severe food shortages, with thousands of children under five at risk of malnutrition. MSF teams are currently ramping up our emergency response in the areas...
MSF Treats Syrian Wounded
As the conflict in Syria intensifies, Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders is treating an increasing number of wounded Syrians who have fled from the conflict. At our free hospital in Amman, Jordan, 70 Syrians are currently receiving...
My Year in Disaster Zones
When a disaster strikes or conflict breaks out, MSF emergency teams are often the first on the scene. Here, emergency coordinator and water and sanitation expert HENRY GRAY looks back on a year of emergencies. When I arrived in Haiti during the...
Saving Lives in South Sudan
Dr Kirrily y de Polnay, an English doctor who until recently was based at Kingston hospital in London, is working at the clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Jaman refugee camp in South Sudan. 'Here, thousands...
Taiwan's Betel Nut Beauties: In an Age of Increasing Globalisation and Conformity, Taiwan's Betel-Nut Saleswomen Have Emerged as a Distinctly Modern Cultural Phenomenon. but Having Been at the Centre of a Public Outcry, Their Trade Is Now Threatened by Increasing Regulation and Marginalisation
Ten years ago, they were a common sight on Taipei's roadsides, but today, they're more difficult to find. But if you head out past the city limits, particularly at night, you can hardly miss them--brightly lit glass-fronted boxes clustered near the...
Taking the High Road: Hazel Southam Joins a Berber Family on Their Annual Migration across Morocco's High Atlas Mountains and Discovers How Widespread Environmental Degradation Has Left Them Struggling to Maintain Their Flocks and Traditional Nomadic Lifestyles
Mohamed Elyakoubi is cooking kebabs over an open fire. During the afternoon, one of his sheep was killed for dinner and this is the result. He alternates inch-cubed pieces of meat with slices of onion. And for the night's greatest treat, he cooks...
The Rite Time
Festivals provide a unique window into the beliefs and customs of different societies and cultures. Over the past 35 years, photojournalist Jeremy Hunter has amassed an extraordinary archive that documents celebrations around the globe and is currently...
The World on Your Doorstep: The Royal Geographical Society (with IBO)'s Walk the World Project Is Encouraging People to Look at Their Local Area with New Eyes. Olivia Edward Joins Society Director Rita Gardner for a Stroll around the Suffolk Village of Walsham-le-Willows, Where the Local Sights Quickly Take on a Global Hue
We're standing on a small country lane looking out over a wheat field. The still-green, feathery ears are lolling gently in the breeze The sky is banking up with rain clouds and somewhere--invisible above us--a skylark is singing, while over the whole...
Ukraine
The Euro 2012 football tournament was supposed to be a glorious showcase for the co-hosts, Poland and Ukraine. However, in the latters case, it has merely shone a light on the country's domestic problems, with foreign politicians boycotting matches...
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