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. 86, No. 2, February

Adam Broadhead
Adam Broadhead is a geographer who specialises in lost rivers. After he was unable to reach his home town of Gloucester due to flooding in 2008, he decided to focus on water issues, and he's currently studying captured streams for a PhD at the University...
Cornwall's Rocky Revival: Rising Commodity Prices Are Reviving Interest in Cornwall's Supposedly Exhausted Tin Mines, Potentially Providing a Welcome Economic Boon for the County but the Plans Are Proving Controversial
Go down a mine anywhere in the world, so the saying has it, and you'll find a Cornishman. Anywhere, that is, apart from Cornwall. The county's last tin mine, at South Crofty, closed in 1998, leaving behind the broken engine houses that today pockmark...
Defenders of the Forest
Cambodia's remote Cardamom forests offer a last refuge to numerous endangered species, but they are under threat from land clearances and a proposed dam. Now, efforts to save the forest have led to the formation Pof an unusual alliance. Our destination...
Desert Dwellers
Once Mauritania's crown jewel and a major tourist destination, the Adrar region in the country's centre is now avoided by travellers due to the conflict in neighbouring Mali and the fear of terrorism. Consequently, it has remained the land of nomads...
Geopolitical Hotspot: Singapore
The words 'riot' and 'Singapore' aren't often found in the same sentence. Most people asked to conjure up terms to describe Singapore would probably choose 'safe', 'stable' and 'secure'. Those who know the city-state well might also, as I do, think...
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design
HAPPY CITY: Transforming our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery Penguin, pb, 16.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When writing about happy cities, the first and most difficult task is to define happiness. Charles...
Illuminating the North Facade
For the first time in the 140-year history of Lowther Lodge, the Society's home in Kensington, the ornate north facade is being illuminated at night. A soft, warm light now washes over the building, picking out its vertical lines and drawing attention...
In the Land of Elam
A century ago this month, young diplomat Gilbert Ernest Hubbard set out on a year-long expedition from the Persian Gulf to Mount Ararat as part a multinational commission charged with ratifying the border between the countries we now know as Iran and...
Mapping the First World War: The Great War through Maps from 1914 to 1918
MAPPING THE FIRST WORLD WAR: The Great War through Maps from 1914 to 1918 by Peter Chasseaud Collins, in association with Imperial War Museums, hb, 30 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Maps, in a sense, are what all wars are about....
Migration Watch
Although the cold, damp and dark days of winter may not appear to offer the best conditions for photographers, in fact, now is the best time to catch some of the British Isles' most celebrated avian visitors, particularly in one of the country's many...
One Drop at a Time
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is the most ambitious public health programme ever undertaken. But with its historic goal in sight funding gaps, war and the killing of health workers threaten its success. To the four-year-old Ethiopian girl...
Ten of the Best
An ice-laden Mongolian river is a pretty unforgiving environment, and while Jamie's slightly cobbled-together kit did the job, he would undoubtedly have been more comfortable if he had been able to afford everything in this list. Anyone thinking of...
The Nomad's Path: Travels in the Sahel
THE NOMAD'S PATH: Travels in the Sahel by Alistair Carr IB Tauris, hb, 18.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How many books about Niger do you own? Like most of its fellow Sahelian states, although historically, geographically and...
The Story of the River: Continuing Our Series Showcasing the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s Discovering Britain Walks, Olivia Edward Gains a Fascinating Insight into the Development of the Historic Thames-Side Town of Marlow
Marlow feels like a town that has just let out a contented sigh. Timber buildings slump pleasingly on the back streets, swans glide serenely on the river and both people and properties exude the scent of eau de well maintained. This Thames-side...
When the War Is Over: In Regions Recovering from Conflict Such as Kashmir, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor, Tourism Can Help to Rebuild Not Only Economies, but Also Self Esteem and Local Identity
Announcing that this year you're planning to holiday in Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq or Sierra Leone will typically have an effect on bystanders akin to expressing a desire to go skinny dipping with great white sharks, arm wrestle an alligator or sky dive...
Where the Ice Flows By
With a bit of spare time to kill after a horseriding adventure in Mongolia, Jamie Bunchuk and his companion Matt Traver decided to packraft down the River. But they hadn't counted on it being quite so ice-choked My numb feet plunge through brittle...
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