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9 Mysterious Places That Are Still Unexplored Frontiers

Travel took on a completely different meaning centuries ago. There were no planes, no cars and no GPS systems, and there was still the thrill and mystery of the unknown. Christopher Columbus could relate to this. Back in the 1400s he had what you would call “the travel itch.” He discovered continents and cities that were otherwise unknown and tried to estimate distances between them. On Columbus Day next week, a celebration of the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, we are reminded of his story, and I can’t help but be a bit jealous at all he was able to be “the first” to see and explore.

Today, thanks to modern technology, the world has become rather small. We can look up pretty much any destination on the web and check out photos, video clips, and even chat with people in these different places in seconds. However, even with this ever-expanding technology, there are still a few unexplored frontiers out there. Perhaps you’ll be the next Columbus and make history while exploring one of these 9 places!

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  • Antarctica 2 of 10
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    The thermal vents in Antarctica as well as the seafloor are two unexplored areas. The continent itself wasn't discovered for quite some time and even now, its chilly climate makes it hard to truly explore it. Want to take a visit? Head to South Africa and travel 2,500 miles south. Piece of cake, right?

     

    Photo credit: John "Pathfinder" Lester/Flickr

  • Mariana Trench in the Ocean Floor 3 of 10
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    Located in the western Pacific Ocean, the Mariana Trench reaches a maximum known depth of 36,069 feet. Named after the Mariana Islands (located nearby), this trench is so deep and so vast that we have yet to really explore it. However the Triton Submarines, Virgin Oceanic, and DOER Marine are planning on taking their submarines to the bottom and discover more of the bed in the near future. So far, only two visits have been made — one was by James Cameron just last year!

     

    You can find out more about the Mariana Trench by visiting National Geographic.

     

    Photo credit: Wikimedia

  • Gangkhar Puensum in Bhutan 4 of 10
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    Want to make history? Climb Gangkhar Puensum, the world's highest unclimbed mountain in Bhutan, Asia. In the 1980s, there were four attempts to climb this massive mountain (which is 25,000 feet tall), however due to spiritual beliefs and customs in Bhutan, all mountain climbing has since been banned. What lies at the very top? The world may never know.

     

    Photo credit: Wikimedia

  • Parts of the Amazon 5 of 10
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    Not only are there undiscovered areas in the Amazon, located in South America, but there are also un-contacted Amazon tribes. Scientists predict that there are many species of birds, mammals, and reptiles along with indigenous plants that have yet to be discovered.

     

     Photo credit: Wikimedia

  • Greenland Ice Sheet 6 of 10
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    The Greenland ice sheet measures 600 square miles in size and scientists have estimated that it will melt in approximately 2,000 years. Perhaps future explorers will discover what's underneath when that happens. The Loch Ness Monster? Purple roses? The possibilities are endless!

     

    Photo credit: christine zenino/Flickr

  • Namibia 7 of 10
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    Namibia is home to around 2.1 million residents, however its massive size (300,000 square miles) makes it the least populated country in Africa. There are plenty of unexplored deserts here that are just waiting to be seen!

     

    Photo credit: Derek Keats/Flickr

  • Columbia’s Northern Mountains 8 of 10
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    In 2006, the Yariguies Brush Finch, a new bird species, was discovered in a previously unexplored area in the Yariguies Mountains. These northern mountains of Columbia are largely unexplored, and clearly they have new animal species to offer the world.

     

    Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

  • Caves 9 of 10
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    Did you know that only 10% of the Earth's caves have been discovered? Imagine what kind of creatures and life forms we would find if we were to delve into the 90% that remain unexplored!

     

    Photo credit: eneko123/Flickr

  • Space 10 of 10
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    "Space, the final frontier!" It goes without saying that the majority of space has yet to be explored.

     

    Photo credit: Sweetie187/Flickr

 

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