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How much of the world remains unexplored

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Mankindc exploring. But even though humans have explored the Earth for thousands of years, much of the planet is still a mystery.

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How much of the world remains unexplored

  1. 1. How Much of the World Remains Unexplored? Spinifex Caravans 21 Imboon St, Deception Bay, QLD 4508 07 3888 2221
  2. 2. Mankind’s thirst for exploring the wilderness is evident in various instances. For one, companies manufacturing and selling camping gear (tents, campers/caravans, and other outdoor survival essentials) would never exist if people never liked exploring. But even though humans have explored the Earth for thousands of years, much of the planet is still a mystery. A Few Facts To Ponder On Human exploration leads to discovery—it’s a given. People may come across new animal/plant species, unprecedented resource reserves (i.e. oil or minerals), and even “uncontacted” tribes. It’s worth noting that since WWII, about 17,000 to 18,000 news species of life forms are discovered every year. Scientists estimate there are millions more waiting to be profiled in the world. Several of the world’s most mysterious landscapes have remained so even until the current era. One of these is the Amazon rainforest, despite its relatively high-profile nature. It’s the largest rainforest ecosystem in the
  3. 3. world, covering nine countries and 5.5 million kilometres of land. To date, scientists estimate that 10 percent of all animal and plant species live in the Amazon. They even estimate that the canopy can be home to as much as 50 percent of the global life form population. Antarctica is also another largely unexplored frontier, mostly due to its inhospitality. The continent is covered in 2-mile thick ice, the glacial frost being a million years old. Due to Antarctica’s extreme weather conditions, it’s no surprise that experts consider it the world’s last frontier. Air is thin, there are no clouds (and therefore no rain or snowfall), and ice covers every part of the landscape. The Deep, Dark, Cold Abyss Perhaps the ocean could lay claim to Antarctica’s title. It is estimated that a massive 95 percent of the world’s oceans remain unexplored. This equates to roughly two-thirds of all marine life on the planet. According to the biggest marine biodiversity research ever (270 experts on board), about 1 million species remain undiscovered in the dark depths.
  4. 4. Authorities argue that the much of the ocean remains unexplored for the same reasons Antarctica is. It’s time- consuming, expensive, and dangerous. What explorations have yielded, however, is the fact that average ocean depth is 4,000 metres. That’s about equal to the heights of peaks in the American Rockies and the Swiss Alps. Another interesting fact is that the world’s deepest point, Challenger Deep (10,994 metres) can completely submerge Mount Everest (8,848 metres). But until experts devise some sort of technique to explore literally every place on Earth, much of the planet will remain a mystery. Sources: http://spinifexcaravans.com.au/caravan-models/ http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/12-of-the-least-explored-frontiers-on- earth/ http://discovermagazine.com/2007/nov/last-unexplored-place-on-earth

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