Paul Presley

Above the Empty Quarter

The Rub’ al-Khali, or Empty Quarter, is the world’s largest sand sea and one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet. Inspired by Wilfred Thesiger’s classic travelogue Arabian Sands, photographer George Steinmetz has travelled to the Arabian Peninsula three times during the past decade, using a motorised paraglider to capture the beauty of the shifting sands below
With fellow student Tom Micklethwait, Charles is travelling the route of the New Silk Road to explore the impact the initiative is having across the region
Geographical sat down with new RGS-IBG Director Joe Smith to discuss his appointment

The Man Who Climbs Trees

James Aldred in Conversation with Helen Macdonald

Tokaido by Antoine Bauza

Exploring ancient Japan in a serene game of tactical beauty
Kerstin Forsberg is the director of Planeta Océano, a marine conservation organisation based in Peru, and was made a Rolex Laureate for her work protecting giant manta rays in the country
At the turn of the 17th century, the idea of travelling around Britain for pleasure, as opposed to for trade and governance, was starting to gain popularity.
The Bodleian is rightly regarded as one of the most impressive libraries in the UK, so any publication of its treasures is always going to be something of a special occasion, all the more so for geographers when said treasures are from its famed ‘map room’
Rolex is celebrating 40 years of bringing pioneering, life-improving projects to the fore
The Rio Olympic carnival kicks into action this week, but last year Brazil saw competitors gathering for a very different festival of sport

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