The study of marine plastic debris is relatively new, dating back to only 2004 and therefore, the recent publication of a map that charts the extent of the plastic gyres littering our oceans is the first of a kind. Click through the link to see a detailed globe showing where plastic pollution is most condensed.
We are always saying that Geography is a brilliant subject to study at university, so we couldn't agree more with this quote from the Daily Telegraph: "geography students are highly employable, with the subject developing a skill set that is broadly applicable to a variety of potential careers. Those studying the subject gain an understanding of the processes that underlie the human and physical worlds, as well as increasingly relevant knowledge of the interface between the two. A geography student can find themselves doing anything from mapping inequality using state of the art GIS software to analysing ice cores, but it might be best to leave the colouring pencils at home. " This quote comes with an article regarding the top ten universities at which to study Geography in the UK.
A fantastic new show by the BBC started on Thursday night, Atlantic:The Wildest Ocean on Earth. The programme showcases the usual fantastic footage that we have come to expect from wildlife documentaries on the BBC and is not to be missed. You can catch up on the first episode on iPlayer and see episode 2 at 2100 on Thursday 6th August.
Another blog post from Colin Souness who is blogging for RSGS from the Arctic is up on rsgs.org You can find our blog by going to our home page and scrolling down, all posts are on the left. This time Colin is talking about the perils posed by some Arctic wildlife as well as breaking language barriers.
Today we are very sad to be wishing farewell to our Education Officer, Rachel Hay. Rachel has been in post for a year and has achieved a huge amount in that time. Here are some of the highlights from Rachel's year from inspiring primary school pupils during school visits to climbing with Leo Houlding and organising expeditions up Kinnoull Hill with visiting Italian students... Rachel is going back to the classroom come August so we wish her lots of luck!