Human geography


Archaeologists uncover ancient Moorish waterways to irrigate Granada 


The Moors, who ruled in Spain, had a network of canals 800 years ago that moved water from the Sierra Nevada down into cities and farms. Archaeologists today are trying to uncover those canals, and put the ancient wisdom about irrigation to use today.

Pittsburgh skyline at night

Why we can’t quit cities

Migrants sleep on the ground at dawn at the Hermanos en el Camino shelter in Ixtepec, Oaxaca. The buildings here are too damaged by the recent earthquakes to enter.

Mexico’s earthquakes complicate life for Central American migrants fleeing violence


World is ticking toward a milestone: 7 billionth person expected on Halloween

An African immigrant jumps over a fence into a ferry terminal in the western Greek town of Patras on April 28, 2015.

The illusion of ‘controlled migration’ is that you can actually control it

A row of abandoned houses in Baltimore, Maryland. Much of the city's housing stock is old and in disrepair, hurting the city's ability to retain its citizens.

How housing and discrimination have long fueled Baltimore’s anger


Baltimore’s population has long been segregated by race and class, even as a matter of formal government policy. And while those discriminatory practices are no longer law, they’ve created a legacy of poor housing that still harms poor, overwhelmingly black residents.

Illegal migrants stand in an immigration holding centre located on the outskirts of Misrata Libya, on March 11, 2015. Italy wants Egypt and Tunisia to play a role in rescuing stricken migrant vessels in the Mediterranean.

Who’s responsible for the flood of migrants arriving on the shores of Italy?


Warm weather means a rise in the number of people leaving the Middle East and Africa and heading to the shores of Italy, France and Greece. Many die on the way and even those who make it, have a hard time settling in Europe.

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How this clinic has changed a nation’s view of family planning


Both women and men go to this health clinic, where both hear about IUDs and other methods of family planning in a nation with a large number of unintended pregnancies.

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What’s it like to be a migrant farmworker? One anthropologist lived and worked alongside them.


“I’ll never feel the same about berries,” says Seth Holmes. In “Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies,” he describes the bone-crushing work that he and Mexican migrant workers did to put fruit and vegetables on your table.

A car is covered in snow in Orchard Park outside of Buffalo, New York, November 19, 2014.

The northeastern US isn’t quite a winter ‘wonderland’ for refugees from warmer countries


For new refugees coming to the US, there’s always culture shock. But for refugees moving the Northeast, there are real challenges that come from settling in a cold, snowy part of the country.