Magazine article Geographical

Turkmenistan's Desert Hell

Magazine article Geographical

Turkmenistan's Desert Hell

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One of the great things about working on Geographical is the fascinating diversity of the material that comes across my desk. I've always had one of those 'enquiring minds', as the cliche goes, so it's nice to have it regularly exercised by the army of freelance journalists out there who submit features and proposals to me on a regular basis. Working on those that make it into Geographicals pages also turns me into an instant expert on a wide variety of subjects--well, for as long as my aging brain can hold on to the relevant facts, that is.

This month's issue is a good case in point. We go from the use of maps for pinpointing the cause of disease in London to the opening of the new coastal path in Wales, and from the restoration of a section of the Yongding River near Beijing to the new sport of para-alpinism (climbing up things so that you can jump off them. in case you were wondering). …

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