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Earth, the First Frontier; There is a lot More to Discover

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Have you read the book called 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? This amazing book by Jules Verne is very exciting to read because it talks about magical wonders below the sea; however, I experience the same feeling when new life is discovered in Deep Ocean or lost fauna. I believe that Earth is yet to be discovered…

scuba diver exploring
scuba diver exploring

 

The biggest issue in finding new life within depths of undiscovered waters is actually pretty similar to why we struggle in space travel; it’s the ability to get there… Biggest example is Mariana Trench (“deepest part of the world’s ocean”); no human has ever reached the bottom of it. The lowest point sits at -36,000 feet (about 11km) below surface. Sure, a few deep water explorers have tried, but never successfully achieved this goal because of the sheer water pressure crushing the submarine and its equipment.

Mariana Trench Location
Mariana Trench Location

 

As a kid I remember watching documentaries with famous explorer Jacques Cousteau which were just mesmerizing because every time he dove into water, he would discovered something new; whether it’s new creatures or sunken treasure.

exploration submarine
exploration submarine

 

Aside from obvious places like Mariana Trench, there are other discoveries that can be found amongst ice buried fresh water lakes located in Antarctica.

antarctica ice caps
Antarctica ice caps

There are around 400 different examples on earth with ice covered lakes and amongst famous is Lake Vostok. Buried under as much as 13,000 feet of ice (roughly 4,000 meters), these lakes may have been isolated for thousands if not millions of years and who knows what kind of live organisms may be contained, or even traces of.

Lake Vostok
Lake Vostok: Nicolle Rager-Fuller / NSF – US National Science Foundation “An artist’s cross-section of Lake Vostok, the largest known subglacial lake in Antarctica. Liquid water is thought to take thousands of years to pass through the lake, which is the size of North America’s Lake Ontario.”

However, waters are not the only place that could have undiscovered life. Even on the Earth’s surface there are quite a few places that that are unreached by humans. One example is dense forests of Amazon. Some of these self-created Eco systems are tremendously hard to reach even by air; hence we don’t know what kind of life has been preserved there.

Rio Amazon
Rio Amazon

Just like we have different animals that come from different continents, these unexplored areas are bound to have some of the most wondrous creatures. Space might be our final frontier; however, many parts of Earth still remain undiscovered mysteries.

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