By now you might think the entire Earth has been discovered, surveyed, and most likely inhabited. But you’d be wrong! Some of the darkest corners of Earth have yet to ever see a human footprint!
Earth is a massive and gorgeous planet full of life of all kinds! Even though we have essentially mastered the art of buildings and architecture, there are actually a few places left on Earth that have never been touched by mankind. In the farthest stretches of Earthly terrain you can see some wild places ridded of humanity entirely!
1. Sakha Republic, Russia
The Siberian Sakha Republic covers approximately 20% of mother Russia, coming in at about the same size as India. It is actually located just above the arctic circle. It has an extreme climate that makes it not only inhabitable, but most of the region is completely unexplored. At some points during the winter it can drop below -46 degrees Fahrenheit!
2. Vale Do Javari, Brazil
South America has a massive amount of uncharted land. Vale Do Javari is one of the desolate places on the continent. There are only approximately 2000 native people who live in the area. They small amount of people who live there, and they live entirely separate from the Brazilian government. The area is about the size of Austria. A federal agency actually protects it so we can’t even go there if we wanted to.
3. Mariana Trench
No doubt that the ocean is one of the most unmarked regions of the world. It has dark trenches and cavities that hold life forms unheard of by mankind. Man has never been able to reach the depths of the Mariana trench because it’s estimated to be approximately 10,000 meters deep. The intense pressure at that kind of depth is unsustainable by humans! Thus, we’ve never made it down that far.
4. Northern Forest Complex, MyanMar
The Northern Forest complex is a vast expansion of subtropical forests on the Eastern slopes of the Himalayas. The are essentially unexplored because if it’s vastness and 5000 meters of elevation. There is an abundance of wildlife that inhabit the area, but no humans!
5. Gangkhar Puensum
Perhaps one of the tallest mountain peaks on Earth, Gangkhar puensum is one mountain that has never been climbed by outdoorsman. It is technically the 40th tallest mountains in the world. It is located in Bhutan at an astounding elevation of 7000 meters. While there have been previous engagements to climb the mountain, none of them were able to be completed due to inclement weather.
6. Yucatan Cenotes
Caves are one of the most interesting and eye catching earthy formations there are, and the Yucatan Cenotes serve as a prime example of this. Located in the remote mountain ranges it can often be difficult to access. Cenotes from limestone bedrock have collapsed over the years, revealing groundwater! It was actually used by the ancient Mayan for sacrificial offerings!
7. Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park
Located in the thickets of the Madagascar, the Tsingy De Bemaraha national park is named after its limestone formations called tsingy, which is malagasy for walking on tiptoes. The oddly shaped limestone were a result of millions and millions of years of water erosion. It serves as a protective home for many different plants, and animal species native to the area. It even includes gorges, lakes, forests, and canyons!
Antarctica is one of the most desolate and barren corners of the Earth. It is home to the world lowest temperatures that are uninhabitable by the majority of all life forms. Antarctica is the least traveled to place in the world, probably because of it’s ice sheets, glaciers, and plummeting temperatures. It even holds the world record for the lowest recorded temperature at -89 degrees Celsius.
9. Northern Patagonia, Chile
You probably have heard of the clothing line Patagonia, but have you ever heard of the Northern Patagonia? Probably not considering it has hardly been touched by mankind. It is home to massive amounts of rainforest, peaks, steppes, lakes, rivers, glaciers, you name it! It even resides the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. It is a highly desired travel location for natural sightseers and earth gazers because it’s barely been touched by humanity.
As misleading as it sounds, Greenland is actually mostly made up of ice. It is still largely undiscovered because over 80% of the gigantic island is covered in some 3200 meter thick ice sheets. As of 2017, only 56,000 people even inhabit this enormous island full of natural wonders! While that might sound like a lot, it is minuscule compared to the 8 million square mile island.
11. New Hebrides Trench
Not quite as deep as the Mariana trench, but the new Hebrides trench is still very deep with a whopping 4 and a half mile depth! It lies on the eastern coast of Australia and was never even explored until late 2013. Scientists used underwater robots to study the trench and they discovered brightly colored prawns and eels that reached over a meter long!
12. Amazonian Rainforest
The Amazonian rainforest is commonly recognized by people but we have no idea just how big it is. The amazon contains over 50% of the world’s rainforest and is approximately 2.5 million square miles. It is so vast and expansive that the major parts of it are still left undiscovered. Whether it is the harsh living environment or the mounds of deadly creatures out there, we do know one thing; it’s essentially uninhabited by humans, aside from long lost villages and native civilizations.
13. Nabib Desert
Everyone knows one thing about deserts; they’re dry, hot, and well… deserted. Deserts are acclaimed for their unbelievably extreme climates and they are also home to some of the world’s most deadliest creatures. The Namibia desert is located in Namibia, one of the youngest African countries. The desert is said the be almost completely empty as the country itself has a small population since its independence gained in 1990.