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Has every part of the earth been discovered?

Asked by queenzboulevard (2549points) December 7th, 2008

Have satellites taken pics of every part of the earth, or could there be a small island (or maybe a fairly larger one) that no one has discovered yet?

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Magnus's avatar

The surface is more or less fully explored by satellite. Though less than 10% of the worlds oceans have been explored by humans.

joeysefika's avatar

@Magnus, What is your source? The last I heard it was 40%

Magnus's avatar

Then your source is either wrong or more recent, probably the latter. Just google it.

lefteh's avatar

The NOAA says 5%.

wilhel1812's avatar

There are still undiscovered parts in the amazonas and such. I recently saw a picture from a helicopter showing natives trying to shoot down the helicopter with a bow. They had never ever seen other people.

Edit: Here’s the article. It’s in norwegian, but it’s the picture that’s interresting.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

We are still missing Atlantis, so my answer would be “no”, we have not discovered every part of our planet. Oh, and the whole ocean thingy too which was my first answer but seeing as it was already mentioned a million times I decided to go with Atlantis. give a girl credit for trying

delirium's avatar

The natives in that photo turned out to be a hoax, btw.

wilhel1812's avatar

@delirium: really? I didn’t know. Do you have a link to an articel or something?

delirium's avatar

I’m on my iPhone, but google undiscovered tribe in south America hoax or something and you’ll gradually find it.

wilhel1812's avatar

thanks. It was actually discovered in 1910. Well, it’s still a pretty kickass picture :)

mangeons's avatar

@wilhel: that, it is :)

I think mainly the oceans have yet to be explored. 5% I think are the only parts that have.

laureth's avatar

If we haven’t discovered something yet, how would we know? ;)

artificialard's avatar

@wilhel1812 There’s a Guardian article that’s a pretty good overview of the controversy. The tribe itself is real but apparently was already ‘discovered’.

steelmarket's avatar

IMHO, there is a big difference between photographed and discovered.
As in, we have photographed just about all of the surface of the moon, but that does not mean that we have fully explored it or discovered its secrets.

DrBill's avatar


I know where it is…

bea2345's avatar

Define “discovered”. Unless it is an airless waste, there must be something living on whatever is said to be “undiscovered”. BTW, there was a report some years ago about the high plateaus of Venezuela: some had never been mapped up to the middle of the last century because there was no access by land.

mangeons's avatar

But then again, would we know if we hadn’t discovered them if we didn’t know about them? Try thinking about that.

bea2345's avatar

Nice point. But we sometimes infer the existence of something by knowledge of a related fact.

zookeeny's avatar

If we just consider the earth from the birds eye view I dont know the answer but I guess we see most of it from what we are shown and told anyway! But if we think of the earth in a 3D form then we can count the depths of the ocean and the hidden caves where there may be heaps to discover yet and if we discover them then maybe people will start living within the different layers of the earth. People might start forming communities and ‘countries’ in the sea in specially designed vessels or within the layers and layers of the caves deep in the earth.

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