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    I'm soon going to be applying for geography at university and am currently in the process of writing my personal statement.

    I was told to do some extra curricular reading over the summer in order the be able to talk about parts of geography i enjoy in my PS. I'm interested in ecology and general conservation (marine stuff especially), climate change, sustainability, rare earth metals, and was wondering if anybody could recommend any books for me. Especially something that maybe a geography professor might recognise, but obviously not their own book.

    I chose not to place the thread in the application part of the forum because I wanted recommendations from people doing geography.

    Thanks in advance for any replies


    I just finished a geography degree with a first in May so I might be able to help. I wouldn't advise reading books per se; my course was heavily reliant on online journals instead (as our most courses in my experience). I literally did not open a book during my entire degree. However, I wouldn't even advise randomly looking through overly complex journals before you even start your course. Just have a look at the current hot topics in the world of geography; there is no point studying stuff in the hope that it might come up and you will never have to go into massively specific details of geographical matters in your personal statement. It would be much better to talk about broader but relevant topics. You could read up on such topics through not-too-formal online articles or even in something like national geographic magazine. A lot of my broad knowledge however comes from reading the world news in-depth every day.

    Off the top of my head good topics to look into would be:

    Climate change, hazards (earthquakes, tsunamis etc) and planning/prediction, sustainable development, past-climate reconstruction, hydrological processes (rivers, sea etc). If you want to be really topical you could talk about the onset of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the UK.

    I hope I have helped. Geography is a good degree, on the whole it isn't too tedious and it is not massively difficult which means anyone who puts the effort in can get a good degree. If you have any other questions fire away.

    Geography review magazines
    Your school or college should probably be able to order them for you

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