How Much of the World
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Mankind’s thirst for
wilderness is evident
in various instances.
For one, companies
selling camping gear
and other outdoor
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
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
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
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.
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.