Balancing the North
We follow a past dream of a Southern continent and see how this reflection of Asia was borne of optimism, errors and ignorance. This feature looks at evidence that previous Northern civilisations had about the Southern Hemisphere and the lines of thought that led them to charta mythical continent. You’ll witness the cartographic meetings of major civilisations and learn a bit about the mapmakers and explorers that finally erased the non-existent continent and replaced it with the cold, icy ocean of the Antarctic.
BY YD BAR-NESS
South Africa’s Sardine Run is well known to wildlife aficionados – and an impressive assortment of fish- loving predators – which celebrate the massive migration as one of the ocean’s most eye-popping spectacles. Yet few realise there is a sardine get-together in the Philippines of equally extravagant proportions that is perhaps even more mysterious.
BY MICHAEL AW
While conservation efforts are gaining some traction around the world, lower profile species like the humble pangolin are still taking a backseat to popular animals such as tigers and elephants. But these scaly anteaters offer equally important ecological functions in the wild and the threats they face share many similarities with their charismatic cousins.
BY DAN CHALLENDER, GRACE GE GABRIEL, DARREN PIETERSEN, RAY JANSEN AND LISA HYWOOD
An Oriental Fantasy
The Royal Pavilion in Brighton may be a house fit for an English prince, but its elegant structure could never have been realised without the influence of Chinese, Indian and other Asian heritage. This was the finest and most ostentatious product of Orientalism, a European style that drew inspiration from faraway lands and gave rise to concepts such as Turquerie and Chinoiserie.
BY SOPHIE IBBOTSON AND MAX LOVELL-HOARE
Echoes of Explosion
Krakatau, situated in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, has its fate intertwined with that of the Greek island
of Santorini, the remains of an enormous eruption that created the current geological caldera. Two major cataclysmic events – centuries and miles apart – resulted in panoramic high islands that are popularly contemplated by tourists today.
BY KHONG SWEE LIN
Just how far does the influence of Asiatic peoples extend? Several prominent geographers have
put forward ideas that, though controversial, reveal a fascinating story of pre-European exploration
by the ancient Chinese to Africa. If proven true, these theories may one day explain some unlikely cultural and linguistic similarities between certain peoples hailing from opposite corners of the globe.
BY FLASH PARKER