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GeoText Expedition 4 – Chasing Geography Textbooks In A Camper Van: Hay Tor, Dartmoor.

    The journey continues – this time to Hay Tor on Dartmoor. When teaching about granite scenery, I often made reference to this textbook photograph. The image came from a textbook titled ‘Landforms’ by Ian Galbraith and Patrick Wiegard. … Continue reading

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Blue Anchor Hotel – The Next Holbeck Hall?

In a recent article on his excellent ‘Living Geography’ blog (www.livinggeography.blogspot.co.uk), Alan Parkinson (aka @GeoBlogs) mentioned the Blue Anchor hotel in west Somerset. The hotel is currently in an extremely precarious position – threatened by cliff failure. Alan compared the … Continue reading

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A Bedroom Fit For The Hard-Core Geographer

This is a really strange blog entry – but I just couldn’t resist! I came across this unique bedding set called ‘To the Centre of the Bedding’ on a web site by a company called ‘The Land of Nod’. You … Continue reading

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Australia On The Move ….. ?

If you are looking for a fresh way to  illustrate  dynamic plate tectonic activity, look no further than this recent National Geographic article about Australia. It describes how the continent has shifted by nearly 5 feet since 1994! http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/australia-moves-gps-coordinates-adjusted-continental-drift/ This sort of … Continue reading

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Ian Mercer Obituary

I was saddened to read last week of the death of geographer and naturalist Ian Mercer. In 1973, he became the first chief officer of the Dartmoor National Park – and I remember him presenting a number of videos about Dartmoor … Continue reading

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Mapping The Sea Bed

An interesting article in this weekend’s Sunday Times described an exciting plan to map the sea bed.        http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gurgle-maps-to-reveal-seas-deep-secret-kh98kq25v?shareToken=a849176215cdb7e5547dd69b3ed2094d  Scientists are planning to use advanced sonar on  ships and submarines to scan the entire ocean floor ‘Google Maps’ style … Continue reading

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Have You Seen The Man Engine?

This wonderful piece of mobile mechanical art called the ‘Man Engine’ is currently doing the rounds in Cornwall. It was commissioned by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site as a tribute to the international impact of Cornish mining and a … Continue reading

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