Slowly but steadily, nations are gearing up to mine the Arctic’s resource-rich waters. What could this mean for the Arctic ecosystem, and for international relations? Our regular dossier writer Mark Rowe explores. Elsewhere in the July issue of Geographical, we visit the autonomous Russian republic of Kalmykia, a largely Buddhist region which sits on the forefront of global climate change as the desert encroaches ever further. Can its people remain for much longer? Nick Redmayne takes a tour of Mogadishu, Somalia’s troubled capital, where he witnesses tentative moves towards economic growth, and marine biologist Joseph Marlow recounts the eight months he spent wintering in Antarctica conducting important research.
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