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Are there still places that have been unexplored? Still to explore?

I know that we have used Google Maps and other satellite maps to help locate "new" places of interest, geographically; but, are there still places that remain unexplored (I am sure there are, and we don't know)?

What places should be further explored and what could the exploration lead to?

I know that one of the best explorations, (I think by National Geographic and NSF), was the study of the Vietnam cave, one of the largest cave systems in the world.

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    Nov 2 2013: Alex, Yes. Diogenes is searching Washington DC for a honest man.
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    Nov 2 2013: As an individual, anywhere in this world you haven't been is the place yet to be explored. A new culture,an island,a remote village,etc,are the places that fresh to outsiders,that are also worthy of exploring.

    I like lingering around,without any purpose,except to see new things,which is the satisfaction we can easily achieve.
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    Nov 10 2013: There are regions in both the conscious and subconscious mind yet to be explored, for all of us.
  • Nov 4 2013: "What lies behind you and what lies before you are tiny matters compared to what lies within you"- Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Well Ralph you are so right, that is Atlantis, the explored but never found continent that sits in plain sight on our neck. So little is know about our own minds and yet it is vast region of uncharted territory so large it is beyond our comprehension.

    Actually Alex any place you have not been is a new adventure waiting to happen. Aloha
  • Nov 2 2013: Something to consider is the quality of the explorer.

    Being first somewhere might mean fame and glory if you want to put a flag up, but what is it you are looking for?

    Many spend years preparing their minds so that when they get the opportunity to explore, the probability of the time leading to some discovery, observation or data collection that might be useful immediately or through some later research is maximized.

    Since our knowledge is based at least in part on our experiences, and everyone has a different set of experiences, what will you be able to assimilate from all the places you visit that no one else thought about? Is is a rock formation? Is is a new species of animal? Is it some small missing piece to a large puzzle someone else has been trying to solve for years?

    I would say the more remote and less populated the place, the more likelihood you will find something new and different, but the challenge is to learn something from every place you visit, then apply all your knowledge and experiences to the place you are visiting today.
  • Nov 1 2013: Do you count the relatively unexplored human mind? I think the most valuable explorations will be the ones that lead to healthier interactions amongst ourselves. So...increase our ability to collaborate effectively and thus increase the creative and productive ability of the human species exponentially!
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    Nov 14 2013: I was thinking about this the other day! I asked myself who wrote the atlas's? How do we know there is a piece of land they didn't 'draw' for the atlas? Only way we'd be able to find out is by shipping ourselves out there but there is 'forbidden' land!! Coincidence much??????
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    Nov 13 2013: A lot of the ocean has yet to be really explored. Also a bulk of Africa is too densely forested to explore in any detail. The same is true for many rain forest areas. Just talking in regards to regions where humans have lived, there are most likely many relatively unexplored sites full of information regarding human habitation that have yet to be unearthed.
  • Nov 11 2013: A person has been sent to earth to learn things at their best,and offcourse till he dies.same came is with the places,obviously there are still some undiscovered places about which man has not even thought of.Because God is great ,God can turn ashes into gardens.
    • Nov 12 2013: "God can turn ashes into gardens"-Asra
      I can do that, give God the hard ones like turning violence into love or compassion. Or something useful like turning all the oil into milk, then we would truly be the land of milk and honey provided we stop killing all the bees with pesticides. We need to use our pesticides on the real pests... Corporations!

      No liability is the #1 killer on the planet by far. Why would any sane person believe we can continually run any business which is not responsible for the damage they do to society?? Yet it is exactly the model for all our businesses, governments, military, police, prisons, cities and countries.

      To put it simply, no liability is a recipe for disaster in any language.
      Until we change that, humans will continue to put a gun to our own heads and pull the trigger. What is the matter with the simple principle of "if you break it, fix it"?

      I know this sounds a little off the subject but it really is not. The subject is "places that have been unexplored?" and I submit to you that "sanity" is absolutely one of those unexplored places that we desperately need to explore!
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    Nov 4 2013: May be the deepest places of subatomic particles? I find them fascinating
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    Nov 4 2013: There are huge swathes of rainforest in South America, Africa and Papua new Guinea in particular in which no person has explored. These include isolated mountain valleys and inaccessible plateaus.

    Our deep oceans, having an average depth of 7km are almost totally unexplored.

    And then there is Space where the possibilities are endless.
  • Nov 4 2013: Have you been to Saskatchewan?
  • Nov 2 2013: The world of the narcissist, im not joking , its expanding and evil
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    Nov 2 2013: The places to explore are by going deeper, rather than wider. That includes deep sea, deep in the earth, and deep in the human mind. (deep space I find rather elitist and not very cost-effective in terms of pay-back to the general public)
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    Nov 2 2013: deap sea
    • Nov 4 2013: I agree but I would spell it like this: deep sea
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    Nov 1 2013: Infrared satelite scans, if you can find a site online that will allow you access to this tech then you could possibly go on your own "Raiders of the lost Eldorado".
  • Nov 1 2013: yes, anything beyond the confines of this puny rock in the vastness of space is yet unexplored. the last i heard only 3% of the ocean has been explored. we can only descend so far into caves because eventually you encounter water and that water can only be explored so much even with a rebreather. we've only set foot on antartica, only ventured so far into the vastness of the amazon/other rain forests. i could go on but yes lets explore more (especially space - go Elon)
  • Nov 1 2013: Geo: anything under the surface (earth, water). I've read Cameron is doing exploring/filming in the Marianne's trench.
    Space: good-old Mars, orbit-space-Moon tourism (I think it's already planned or started), closest human body to the sun.
    Geo+social: percentage of society with means of geographical mobility.
    Geo+science: speed/rhythm of "nature", i.e. new land formation in estuaries.
    Geo+science: walk-through matter (i.e. walls)
    Geo+science: if we can trigger earthquakes by drilling in specific techtonic plates areas, are they planned/announced? How can the population tell between man-made earthquakes and "natural" ones? What other natural phenomenons can we also trigger?
    Medical: body growth/restauration following amputation.
    Social: re-vitalising "age pioneers", the work-pension life-plan, real-utopian exercises (i.e. how long does it take a poor person to get out of poverty)
    "Superior"-society + communication: comm from those few at the "source" of money: how are the source numbers being established? Do they know how many people are actually out there, or they just come up with a "meaningful" number and everybody else has to "fit" their lives within that/those numbers?
    Visible leadership+communication: an all-encompassing message from territory leaders that can be beyong "story-sailing", "vocabulary-flow", and the classic "using all of you in ways you can't comprehend for a purpose you don't need to know about"... that an audience can engage their minds into "for the right reasons".
    Society - war/peace: there was a talk more than a year ago, about a day of peace planned for 21-Sept-2012. I haven't heard of a single no-war day yet. (planet, that includes extremists&rebels, not just armies)
  • Nov 1 2013: Caves and oceans.
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    Nov 1 2013: yes there are many places, I believe.
  • Nov 1 2013: There are plenty of unexplored caves, unclimbed mountains, and various islands where no human foot as ever paced. The caves are often uncharted, though the islands and mountains are all fully mapped from either the air or space, even if no one's ever physically been there.
    There's also the bottom of the ocean. I'm not entirely sure how well mapped it is, but you can be sure most of it is untouched by human hands (expect perhaps for the occasional piece of sinking debris from a ship) due to the difficulties of getting there.

    People seem to fail to comprehend just how enormous the earth is. All the "record breaking" places like Everest or the ocean's deepest point have been visited, but run of the mill places that are simply difficult to reach or very numerous, not so much.
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    Oct 31 2013: Apparently yes, I just read more than 400 new species were discovered in the Amazon rainforest over the past 4 years.
    In another article I read about new species discovered in Australia and a new lizard species was even discovered recently in Los Angeles.
    Let alone the oceans which still give explorers a lot to do for a long period of time.
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    Oct 31 2013: I saw the issue of National Geographic you are talking about. The cave is so beautiful and immense. As for where next, I couldn't even guess. It seems as though we have our eyes fixed upon the stars at this point. With talk of manned missions to other planets and the current fervor over launching planet-finding probes into space..I think we have found the next frontier if not the final one.