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How much of the world is undiscovered?

Asked by johnny0313x (1840points) August 5th, 2009

How much of the world have we not discovered? I’ve heard there are some islands we can’t even step foot on because they are too dangerous, is this true?

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Lotsoflaughs's avatar

dont know but i do know some people belong on them

Ivan's avatar

A lot, mostly the ocean floors.

AstroChuck's avatar

There are whole areas in my daughter’s room no one can get to.

InspecterJones's avatar

The entire deep ocean is completely untouched by us. We have NO idea what is there because of the intense pressure. We have explored more of outer space then we have something that’s right here on our planet. Weird huh?

johnny0313x's avatar

This kinda stuff scares me and drives me crazy lol. I’m going to the bottom of the ocean guys….I’ll be back next week with the cure for Aids and cancer….If I don’t return…I probably found an underwater city that doesnt take a % of my earnings and force me to work 10 hour days

R4's avatar

About ⅔ of the area. Because about ⅔ of the earth is covered by the ocean and almost everything belove the ocean is undiscovered land. There is also some jungles, islands and deserts which isn’t completely discovered… But still it’s about the ⅔ of the area of the earth as I stated at the beginning.

johnny0313x's avatar

Does anyone believe that these undiscovered area might have useful things for us?

Does anyone believe that more then we are aware of have been discovered and we are kept in the dark?

cyn's avatar

Almost everything…

PerryDolia's avatar

37.289 % of the Earth remains undiscovered.

Jack79's avatar

Some of Antarctica is unexplored, and the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Other than that, it’s only small patches between trees or at the top of mountains that haven’t been fully explored, but everything else around them has.

The ocean depths are fairly unknown to us even today. But I’m not sure whether there’s that much to see there.

PerryDolia's avatar

This reminds me of the famous question from Carlsbad Caverns:

“What’s in the unexplored parts of the cave?”

Maybe we could change it to:

“How big are the unexplored parts of the cave?”

Bluefreedom's avatar

@InspecterJones. “The entire deep ocean is completely untouched by us.”

Not true. The very deepest place anywhere on earth is in the Pacific Ocean and is known as the Mariana Trench. It has been visited already as stated in this excerpt from a Wikipedia article:

The Swiss-designed, Italian-built, United States Navy bathyscaphe Trieste reached the bottom at 1:06 p.m. on January 23, 1960, with U.S. Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard on board. Iron shot was used for ballast, with gasoline for buoyancy. The onboard systems indicated a depth of 11,521 meters (37,799 ft), but this was later revised to 10,924 meters(35,813 ft). At the bottom, Walsh and Piccard were surprised to discover soles or flounder about 30 cm (1 ft) long, as well as shrimp. According to Piccard, “The bottom appeared light and clear, a waste of firm diatomaceous ooze”.

galileogirl's avatar

The whole world has been discovered, it has to be explored.

…..........SHUT UP YOU DAMNED TEACHER! YOU KNOW WHAT HE MEANT. Sorry folks, somehow she got free. She gets a little weird this this time of year.

Aethelwine's avatar

I lurve teachers

@AstroChuck I feel your pain. I can’t even open my daughter’s door.

johnny0313x's avatar

isn’t it possible that their are caverns or caves that have not been investigated? I mean I just can’t believe that there is nothing else out there on this earth that could benefit us somehow or that we could learn from. I’m not one for believing the super natural or such things but I don’t doubt there are things we can’t even comprehend or see/feel/hear. I mean we only use a percentage of our brain, we don’t even know what we are capable of if we had full use of it right?

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@johnny0313x elephants and many other creatures, including common insects make sounds that are either above or below our level of hearing. Bees can see wavelengths of light that we cannot. Butterflies taste with their feet, a bloodhound can smell a 48hour old foot print beneath two feet of snow, there are plenty of things other animals do easily that are impossible for us. Certain scientists state that there are probably millions of creatures that have yet to be discovered, and that some of them could easily be right in your own backyard.

There will always be creatures, places, and things we may never learn about, but to set a percentage is rather silly, because how do we decided what is discovered vs undiscovered when no one has an exact number to EVERYTHING that exists?

johnny0313x's avatar

Thats true, but it drives me crazy that I won’t be around to know everything ha, I want to see everything there is to see and know about everything there is to know. I guess everyone does but just thinking about how much we don’t know just leaves me speechless. I think growing up as a kid, at least for me…..I felt like humans knew everything about the world and we had everything under control. The older I get the more I realize just how much i’ve distorted my perception on the world when I was younger and it honestly leaves me speechless.

mattbrowne's avatar

Most of Siberia for example.

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