Cool Science: The Least Explored Places On Earth

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There are some areas of planet Earth so inhospitable, forbidding and remote, scientists actually know more about the surface of the Moon. That will all change someday, of course, as the drive to discover mineral resources and oil around the globe intensifies. Still, it’s good to know there are still some places left where you can truly “get away from it all.” Here are the least visited and littlest explored by scientists…
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Fiordland, New Zealand

This national park is one of the least visited in the world, largely due to its high elevation and remote wilderness. Its main claim to fame is being the setting of some of the Lord Of The Rings franchise. as its landscapes are virtually unrecognizable by western moviegoers…
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Cape Melville, Australia

Despite being fairly close to Brisbane, this region is home to some of the most inaccessible geography on the planet. In fact, the only way in is by helicopter. So, don’t expect “another shrimp on the Barbie” if you somehow manage to land there…
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Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

This cave complex, stretching for more than a dozen miles below the ground, is cut off from explorers by a 200 foot wall of calcite which has been growing for millions of years. It’s the biggest cave in the world and its bottom has yet to be found…
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Papua, New Guinea

The Star Mountains are a 30 mile chain of peaks topping out at over a mile high, giving the region a natural “wall” which keeps the curious at bay. Move along. Nothing to see here…
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Southern Desert, Namibia

One reason this area of the world has been unexplored is there’s simply nothing to see there but sand. In fact, the Namib, as it’s called, is home to the world’s largest sand dune, clocking in at over 1200 feet and stretching for miles. Its only claim to fame is as the “Carnegie Deli” of Africa, renowned for the great sand which is there…
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Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar

What is called “a natural fortress,” the southern tip of Tsingy de Bemaraha is a national park – which is off limits to tourists and visitors. That’s how forbidding the place is. And, no wonder. There’s basically nothing there but limestone cliffs and desert sands. And, oh yeah. The voices of Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Chris Rock…
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Northern Forest, Myanmar

This region is so remote, it doesn’t even have a real name. Northern Forest, really? That’s the best you can do? But, really, what’s the sense? The area is home to the largest tiger population in the world and, as we all know, tigers can’t read a map. But, they do know how to eat humans…
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Patagonia, Chile

While all of Patagonia is some of the wildest and least explored areas of the globe, it’s the Northern region which is shrouded in fire and ice. Literally. While the lowlands are covered in temperate rainforest, its mountainous climes are home to glaciers and freezing lake regions which make it inaccessible and forbidding throughout most of the year.
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Vale do Javari, Brazil

Not only is Vale do Javari one of the least explored areas of the planet, it’s one of the most mysterious. It’s home to dozens of indigenous tribes whose lives have remained unchanged for thousands of years. The region is fiercely protected by the government of Brazil and by the tribe’s people themselves. Despite being cut off from the world, apparently, they heard things…
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