Asian Geographic Issue 02/2020 No. 141
Think of the tales you may have heard about tribes that travel, carrying with them their families, livelihoods, and homes, only to move again in a couple of weeks, leaving nothing but footsteps. It is fascinating, and as if these tribes have a life so large it could be established anywhere – across towns, countries, and even borders.
This Wood issue encapsulates these lives led by the nomads of Asia, stories of powerful women, and a look at the unprecedented challenges facing China and the wider region due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have taken the element through its numerous definitions: growth and being, its physical properties, its shapes and forms, and its symbolism. Because just like bamboo, so symbolic of the wood element, we bend, we twist, but we never break.
Dipping below the surface we enter a trippy, zero-gravity state beyond even Lewis Carroll’s wildest imagination. SDAA now brings you some of the most incredible, fantastical underwater seascapes, topography that defies logic, and the creatures that seem to have emerged from a fairy-tale land.
From mysterious mangroves, dramatic ravines, canyons and caves, fields of insanely colourful coral, and reef formations that seem to defy common sense.
We take you up close and personal to the beasts behind the myths (the dugongs and walruses), to trippy critters that even the Cheshire cat couldn’t have predicted (neon nudibranchs, of course!). Meet the real Moby Dick (Migaloo), and explore seascapes in Sulawesi that Salvador Dali might have dreamed up. Time to leave reason at the surface.
Get ready to get whimsical!Scuba Diver Australasia and Ocean Planet are alternating titles with 4 issues each per year. While SD Australasia stays true to its roots with editorial coverage exclusively from the Asia Pacific region, Ocean Planet shines a light on top diving destinations from around the world. less