The last places on Earth humans have never visited

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: 9/12/2019: Are there Places on this planet that have not been visited yet? Or hardly ever been visited? Well, there are some photographers that have found “no mans land”. Wouldn’t it be incredible to find places like that? The ultimate explorer! Check out these incredible places that hardly no one has visited:

Satellite photos, drones, far-flung travel destinations—all of these contribute to reducing the number of places on Earth where humankind has never set foot. There is, however, a handful of untouched locations, or at least almost untouched. Wouldn’t it be a good idea for them to stay that way?

The forests of Myanmar
Myanmar, a small Southeast Asian country nestled between China, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Laos, still holds some mysteries. The Northern Forest Complex, over 5,000 metres (16,400 feet) above sea level, is one of those mysteries. The fauna found there—herons, deer, and red pandas—are rarely disturbed, only occasionally by scientific expeditions. This natural refuge is far from human activity and is still considered unexplored, at least for now.
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Northern Patagonia
Arid Arid steppes, tropical rainforests, glaciers, fjords—Patagonia, which stretches from Argentina to Chile, boasts many breathtaking landscapes, but access is challenging due to its “cruel geography.” Because it is so difficult to visit, it’s a veritable Garden of Eden for the flora and fauna that flourish there.
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Namib Desert
Significantly lesser-known than its Saharan counterpart, the Namib Desert, located in Southern Namibia, is included on the list of the most unknown and unexplored deserts on the planet. Some say it is the oldest desert on Earth, with a presumed age of up to 80 million years. Covering nearly 80,000 square kilometres (30,900 square miles), the Namib Desert spans from South Africa to Angola.
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Mariana Trench

Photo courtesy of:  AP Photo/USFWS, Jim Maragos/Canadian Press

Take Mount Everest and drop it nine kilometres (six miles) under the ocean and you’d still have to swim about one kilometre (3,300 ft) up before reaching the surface. That gives you a good idea of the depth of the Mariana Trench, near Guam in the Southwest Pacific. It’s likely the deepest trench on Earth and the least explored location in the entire ocean, and for good reason: the pressure there is so great that it would crush almost any vessel. Humans are definitely not welcome. On the other hand, what might we find down there? #Godzilla

Daintree National Park
This 1,200 sq. km (460 sq. mi) national park located in Northern Queensland, Australia, is home to the oldest ecosystem in the world, where thousands of species of plants and animals live in blissful solitude in this uninhabited part of the island. This tropical rainforest is over 110 million years old.
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The summit of Gangkhar Puensum

This giant peak that overlooks Bhutan and China is the fortieth-tallest summit on Earth, reaching 7,500 metres (24,600 ft) above sea level. It is also the highest peak in the world that has never been reached, despite several failed attempts. Since 2003, it has been forbidden to climb it. The mountain’s name translates as White Peak of the Three Spiritual Brothers.
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Star Mountains

This hard-to-access mountain range, located in Papua New Guinea, is one of the most humid places on Earth. That’s understandable, considering it receives about 10,000 mm (390 in.) of rain each year. And no, that’s not a typo—10 metres (33 ft) of rain falls as one of the essential elements of this relatively isolated ecosystem that is home to more than 1,100 species, including nearly 100 that exist nowhere else.
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Greenland isn’t devoid of human activity, but almost. Its population is just shy of 60,000, which is not that many considering the territory spans 2 million sq. km (772,000 sq. mi). That amounts to 0.03 people per sq. km (0.08 per sq. mi), making it the 207th-most populous country in the world—a far cry from Macau, China, with its 21,081 people per sq. km (54,600 per sq. mi). Three-quarters of Greenland is forever covered in ice, measuring 3 km (1.9 mi) deep. The unpredictable climate makes it virtually unexplored, even today.
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Son Doong Cave

To say that this Vietnamese cave is enormous would be a massive understatement. This cave, the largest of its kind on Earth, could hold an entire skyscraper. A 61-metre tall (200 ft) calcite wall blocks access to a network of underground caves and tunnels. Around one thousand tourists can venture partway in for a whopping $3,000 apiece, but its eight kilometres (five miles) of tunnels and network of around 150 caves remain unexplored. Inside, there’s a river and even a jungle. Torrential rains make it essentially inaccessible from September to January.
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Sakha Republic

This Russian territory located in Northern Siberia is home to roughly one million people. Around 20% of this huge republic lies above the Arctic Circle, which explains its temperatures of -43 degrees Celsius (-45 degrees Fahrenheit), and much lower, and the presence of permafrost. It’s no wonder that much of the land is devoid of human activity, as it would be nearly impossible to live there, but this doesn’t lessen its natural beauty.
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Antarctic lakes
Antarctica is an amazing place—it’s a continent that remains relatively unexplored, minus a few scientific outposts that have been there for decades. But there is something even less explored: its sub-glacial lakes, like Lake Vostok, located 3.7 km (2.3 mi) below the surface, which hasn’t seen sunlight in 15 million years. Humans would find it very, very difficult to get to these completely inhospitable locations where, as seen in this Greenpeace photo, life finds a way. The possible contamination of samples obtained during expeditions can easily taint the scientific results. These lakes are truly difficult to access on all levels.
Photo courtesy of Greenpeace

Mount Lico

The summit of Mount Lico, in Northern Mozambique, has only recently begun to reveal its secrets. It was a pretty big surprise to find a tropical rainforest that had been completely hidden from humanity, located over 700 m (2,300 ft) above sea level. Even just the unique flora found there will be the subject of many studies. But then arises the age-old question: should scientists make such a discovery public, which might attract unwanted visitors who could destroy an as-yet unknown ecosystem? How long will it take before this place appears in a travel brochure?
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Kamchatka Peninsula
When you think of volcanoes, you might think of Vesuvius, Krakatoa, or even Eyjafjallajökull (gesundheit!), but on the Kamchatka Peninsula on the far eastern side of Russia, you can find some of the most spectacular volcanoes on Earth. Over 300 volcanoes dot the area, which is also home to several species of salmon. The territory also boasts the highest density of brown bears in the world. The peninsula, which was closed to Westerners until 1991, remains, to this day, sparsely populated, and some parts even remain unexplored. Today, around 400,000 people live in this region that is about as big as California.
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Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve

This “strict” nature reserve of nearly 1,000 sq. km (390 sq. mi) located on the western side of the island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, wears its name well. In the Malagasy language, tsingy means “walk on your tiptoes,” which aptly describes what you would want to do around its gorges and canyons strewn with giant limestone structures formed by millions of years of erosion. Numerous plant and animal species—many still undiscovered—can only be found here. The extremely difficult access and the area’s protected status, dating from 1927, makes it highly inaccessible.
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Mount Namuli

Here is another summit in Mozambique that has only been partially explored by a handful of people. Reaching 2.4 km (7,900 ft) above sea level, this peak is part of a mountain range that has developed like “isolated islands,” becoming home to different species. Almost 70 years passed between the 1932 and 1998 expeditions because of the civil war and its challenging access. Today, Mount Namuli remains mainly untouched by humankind.
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The depths of the Yucatán caverns

The incredible unexplored caves of Mexico were created, like other caverns on Earth, when bedrock collapsed, revealing underground springs of clear water. Tourists can swim at the surface, but the underground network remains largely unexplored. The depths of these caverns are so inaccessible and dangerous that even the most experienced speleologists don’t dare go there in order to preserve the aquatic environment. These depths are probably a good reason why the Maya held their human sacrifices nearby.
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The Rub’ al-Khali
Considered “the largest sand-sea in the world,” covering an area of about 650,000 sq. km (250,000 sq. mi), this desert, translated from Arabic as “empty quarter,” reaches Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The only signs of life on the far horizon are scorpions, some adventurous birds, and a few desert mammal carcasses. The temperature can reach 40 C (104 F) in the shade (try to find some), making the area completely inhospitable. In 1930, Bertram Thomas became the first Westerner to traverse the entire desert in 59 days. Most of this desert land has never been visited by humans—or at least none have returned to tell their tale.
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Mount Roraima

The steep slopes of this peak and the difficulty in getting the necessary permits make Roraima an unexplored mountain. It’s not easy to get there when, on top of the logistical challenges, getting the go-ahead from the three countries that surround it—Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana—is no easy task. These factors make it so that only the local fauna get to enjoy the breathtaking view from the summit.
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The ocean depths

The scientific community knows more about the Moon, Mars, and other celestial bodies than it does about the bottom of our own oceans, and for good reason. It’s easier to get to the international space station, orbiting 400 km (250 mi) above our heads, than to reach the bottom of the Atlantic, which is around 3.6 km (2.2 mi) deep. Most submarines are unable to withstand the pressure, which makes exploration very costly, risky, and rare.
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Sandy Island

This tiny island off the coast of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, discovered in 1774 by Captain Cook, was mapped for the first time near the end of the 19th century. No human has ever set foot on it and none ever will. Why? Because it simply doesn’t exist. Its inclusion on old maps has been explained by a cartographic error which was quickly discovered. It was erased from most official hydrographic charts during the 1970s, but not all. Even Google Earth was fooled and had to remove the island from its map in 2012 after the RV Southern Surveyor, an Australian research vessel, passed by and confirmed its inexistence. At least now the matter has been settled once and for all.
Photo courtesy of Google Earth

Sometimes I ask myself: If I was a braver person, I would like to try to be one of those photographers, who goes to one of these places and comes out of there alive with the most incredible amount of intellectual photos that the world has ever seen. Just daydreaming, but, really! Imagine as populated and adventurous as many people are, I just have a hard time imagining that there are places in this world, that is untouched by humans. Makes me want to go out to these places and just photograph the heck out of these unknown places. And then there would be some more places like this, I think. A very crazy thought.

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