January issue

Dear Geographical reader
Welcome to the Geographical newsletter. Our December issue is now in the shops and available digitally. Features include:


  Photostory  Namib desert  
Photostory: Homeland in perpetuity
A selection from this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, which once again highlights the beauty of the British countryside

Going with the flow
Inspired by stories of European adventurers exploring the great West African rivers, Jason Florio follows the course of the River Gambia, from its source in Guinea to its mouth in its namesake

Naming the un-named
Adrian Fox and Kate Bazeley explore the history of place naming in Antarctica and reveal how cartographers  and explorers have concocted a rich variety of names for locations and features across the frozen continent
  Sifting sand
Arnaud Guiguitant reports from Bangka Island in Indonesia, where the global success of smartphones and tablet computers has sparked a frantic tin rush

Ice-cold exploration
Robbie Shone explores the network of moulins and ice caves that riddle the Gorner Glacier in the Swiss Alps

Cats and cowboys
Daniel Allen reports on the growth of ecotourism in Encontro das Aguas State Park, South America’s jaguar haven


  And don’t forget…
… our regular features including a round-up of the latest geographical and climate science news; a hotspot focus on The Gambia; seasonal tips on photographing reindeer; a chilly Essential Gear feature from a man who spent nine months conducting medical research on the East Arctic Plateau; an RGS-IBG Discovering Britain walk that looks at the geology and landslides of South Devon’s coastline; an interview with the inventor of the Mappiness app; and lots, lots more
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  Elizabeth Morris  
  Paid to explore
A British organisation has £15,000 of funding to give to rising stars of science and exploration (including geographers). They’re hoping to hear from those who have plans for an expedition that combines scientific research with daring adventure. We asked them a little bit more about the awards and the sort of people they are looking for. Find out what they said on the Geographical blog
Surf’s up
This month we’ve posted about the unkind geography that causes the Philippines to suffer so many natural disasters; a round-up of companies offering holidays in danger zones; a real-time map of the world’s births and deaths; and the surfer who rode the 100-foot wave created by the St Jude storm – possibly the highest wave ever surfed. Join in the discussion by following us on Twitter and Facebook

  A Personal Geography of Injustice  
 Until 20 December: Making Freedom
‘Making Freedom: Emancipation-Caribbean-Britain’ is an exhibition about the one million Africans who were freed from enslavement in the Caribbean in the early 1800s. Presented by The Windrush Foundation and hosted by the RGS-IBG, it tells a story of riots, rebellions and revolutions, and is the first time a number of important collections have been brought together in one place. Find out more on the Geographical website

11 December: Fracking and the environment
Public interest in the issue of shale gas exploitation ("fracking") is high following the ending of the moratorium on shale gas exploration and the protests in Sussex this past summer. This Bristol session will explore some of the key issues surrounding fracking including where the reserves are and how significant they are for our energy security. Find out more on the Geographical website

Millican organic bag competition
Crossword competition

Win a Bradt travel guide  
Its land area is 2,040 square kilometres, around twice that of Hong Kong; although English is the official language, the majority of people speak Creole; the service industry accounted for 72 per cent of its GDP in 2012; its national animal was hunted to extinction during the 17th century;  and  with 617 people per square kilometre, it has the highest population density of any country in its continent. Name the nation to be in with a chance of winning a Bradt travel guide of your choice

Win a Philip’s Atlas
Every month we put all the correctly-filled-in crossword entries we’ve received into a ‘Geographical hat’ and the one we pull out is sent a copy of the Philip’s hardback atlas of the world (worth £75). This month two of the clues are: 5. Edward, first to conquer Matterhorn's summit, gives feeble cry, it's said! (seven letters), and 14/7. Christmas deliveryman before two drinking places by a Californian county (five letters and seven letters). See if you can fill in the rest on the Geographical website

Win an amazing 13 night Northern Ontario Adventure for two worth over £5,000
Travelling by road, rail, boat and bush-plane, this unique adventure provides the chance to see some of the natural and cultural highlights of Canada’s most interesting province. Your journey will take you through the heart of one of North America’s oldest settlements and into the vast Chapleau Crown Game Reserve, home to Ontario’s largest population of black bears. And, of course, no trip to Ontario would be complete without a visit to the mighty Niagara Falls.

Click here to enter and good luck!

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