Physical Geography

Reef encounter

Life at Lizard Island Resort, Australia.

Lizard Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef offers holistic escape among nature’s wonders. Michael Sweet finds creatures and comforts to his liking.

Tuesday, 9 October, 2012, 9:54am

China poles apart on missions to Arctic and Antarctic

The Xuelong breaks through the ice in the Arctic during its 2005 expedition. Photo: Xinhua

A Hollywood blockbuster movie might have been responsible for Beijing's partial change of attitude to the North Pole.

Hitting cinemas in 2004, the American sci-fi disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow showed the deadly consequences of ice-melting in the Arctic with stunning visual effects.

29 Aug 2012 - 9:25am

That beachy summer day

Summer is just around the corner, and many of you will be going to the beach. But you might as well do something fun rather than just lie there.

For this week's top 10, we asked our readers what they would do to enhance their beach experience.

1 Dance Party

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Gobi challenge like a walk in the park

The Gobi Desert and Hong Kong's country parks may be thousands of kilometres apart and as different in terrain as can be imagined, but for two hardy desert racers, they're an ideal training ground.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Into the unknown

Deep in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, at the end of an arduous two-day drive up and down steep dunes and along rock-strewn tracks, explorer William Lindesay looked across the shimmering sand and let out a gasp. Most people would have concluded that what he saw was nothing more than a pile of mud and twigs, or even a desert mirage, but historian Lindesay knew otherwise.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Marine diversity can be saved by raising awareness of Hongkongers

During one lunch break, I started to show photos to my work colleagues of stunning marine life from Hong Kong waters. What surprised me was that none of them believed the photos were from here.

I find that is a common response and it is sad that so many Hong Kong people are unaware of the beauty and diversity that lies in their own waters.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Where the wild things are

We bounce down through the thermals in our little Cessna, heading for the ribbon of dirt that serves as a landing strip, only to be jerked up again as the pilot avoids a wildebeest.

'Yesterday,' he says, turning to us with a grin, 'it was a lion.'

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Beach slapped

Bali has Ku De Ta, Ibiza has Cafe del Mar and Hong Kong has the South Bay Beach Club. For the past few years, beach-goers have been able to lounge about on comfy sofas sipping cocktails while the sun sets over one of Hong Kong Island's most secluded beaches and a DJ plays chill-out music in the background.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Squash tournament sure to be a big hit

Tim Everest is confident the annual Wing Ding squash tournament at the Hong Kong Football Club next Saturday will raise at least as much as it did last year despite the turmoil in the financial markets.

Everest is co-ordinator of the colourful fund-raiser for Operation Santa Claus and says he enjoys every aspect of the 'very meaningful and never-ending job'.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Open Horizons - Journeys across Mongolia

Matthieu Paley's photographs (including Naran Baator, left) of the Mongolian landscape and the lives and rituals of its people. Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm, Picture This Gallery, Suite 1308, 13/F, 9 Queen's Rd Central. Inquiries: 2525 2820. Ends Nov 12

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Rebecca Lee - Graphic designer and polar researcher

Rebecca Lee Lok-sze has taken the road less travelled and stayed true to herself. For more than 25 years, she has explored the North Pole, South Pole and other extreme environments, captured life in harsh conditions with her camera, and engaged and educated the Hong Kong and mainland communities about the environment through art.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Desert crossing inspires student

Walking for charity has become a habit for Christopher Schrader over the past four years.

Last month he completed a 51-day, 1,600km trek across the Mongolian Gobi Desert,.

The world's fifth largest desert - Asia's largest - poses a gruelling challenge with its rapid fluctuation of temperatures over a single day, ranging from 5degrees Celsius to 45 degrees.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Mining boom brings conflict

'We're now protesting all over the country,' says award-winning Mongolian environmental activist Tsetsegee Munkhbayar. 'It's moving toward nationwide civil action.'

Munkhbayar made headlines in 2010 when he shot at mining equipment at the Boroo gold mine, run by Canadian miner Centerra, just north of the capital, Ulan Bator.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

At peace

Antarctica seems an oasis of peace in a strife-ridden world. That may be largely because, 50 years ago today, the Antarctic Treaty came into force on all land and ice shelves south of 60 degrees south latitude. The international pact set the continent aside as a scientific preserve and banned all military activity, and its success is - happily - plain to see.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Storm drain horror as worker swept to death

A worker died after he was swept away in a torrent of water as he inspected a storm drain during heavy rain early yesterday.

Fung Cheung-yau, 61, was carrying out an inspection with a surveillance camera in the drain beneath Kin Chuen Street, Kwai Chung, at about 2am when he was washed away.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am