Magazine article Geographical

Understanding the World

Magazine article Geographical

Understanding the World

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Exploration lies at the heart of everything at Geographical. Whether a straightforward tale of adventure while discovering a land less travelled, or a trail more subtle such as the exploration of a concept or theme, entering an unknown--whatever it may be--and learning something new is an idea we embrace in full this month.

There are the epic journeys of old. Sir Ernest Shackleton's now legendary Trans-Antarctic Expedition is the centrepiece of a brand new exhibition at the RGS-IBG and the stunning photography of Frank Hurley makes for astonishing viewing (see page 30), while the oft-overlooked Bertram Thomas performed heroics no less remarkable when crossing the Rub al Khali, the largest sand desert in the world. We look back on Thomas' grand achievement on page 48. On a more contemporary tack, we also visit the unusually long-lived inhabitants of a small village in southern China (see page 54). This is the exploration of a belief, specifically that held by the tourists to the region, hoping to prolong their own journeys through life thanks to its supposed healing properties. …

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