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G e o g r a p h i c a l

N o v em b e r 2001 Vol 73 No 11

C o n t e n t s

Features

THIS MONTH WE VISIT

14 Geopolitics a n a t io n d iv id ed

As Australia goes to the polls, Matthew Brace finds the country's multicultural facade h id ing a core of inequality 20 Interview f e e l in g on to p o f th e w o r ld

Mountain photographer Bradford Washburn talks to Stephen Venables

28 W orking lives b u ck in g th e t r e n d jon Nicholson journeys to the Wild West to meet som e real-life cowboys

38 In the footsteps in s e a r c h o f th e f e v e r t r e e

Mark Honigsbaum retraces the route taken in 1860 by botanical explorer Richard Spruce as he travelled across Ecuador hunting for quinine 46 Photostory a h o t d a te

From M esopotam ia to modern-day Tunisia, Jamie Carstairs follow s the journey of the date through its history, and w itnesses harvest tim e 50 Exploration g e o g r a p h y ’s g o n e t o s e a

Much remains to be discovered, especially when it com es to the world's oceans. Lord Selborne profiles one o f the RGS-lBG's marine programmes 54 C ulture a p r ice on th e i r heads co v e r s t o r y

Tahir Shah ventures in to the Amazonian jungle in search o f the Shuar tribe, who were once known for shrinking the heads o f their v ictim s 62 Environment w a v e g o o d b y e t o y o u r hom e

Zoe Blackler m eets the decision-m akers who are choosing which parts of our coast should be protected and which should be handed back to nature

A USA B Faroe Islands CUK D Ecuador E Tunisia FAustralia

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9 LETTERS 10 WORLDWATCH 6o FACTFILE: ECUADOR 70 GEOTRAVELLER 74 GEAR 76 GEOLIVES 78 SOCIETY NEWS 80 REVIEWS 82 WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER 95 OUT ON THE TOWN 98 TRAVELLER’S TRUTHS

COMPETITIONS 34 READER SURVEY: WIN A HOLIDAY 84 QUIZZICAL 96 WHERE IN THE WORLD?

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