17 May 2017
There’s always the search for the first ever thing on earth or in the history of existence. If man would search for the first ever, it is just wise to search for the very last.
Searching for the last land to be discovered, Anderson, a scientist, reckons with Auckland Islands, south-east of New Zealand in the coldest and most dangerous seas of southern Polynesia.
However, Richard Fisher established that these islands were by no means the last land on which humans set foot and that the last continent to be discovered was Antarctica in the early 1800s.
Stepping down a level, the last unknown major land mass was Severnaya Zemlya, a harsh archipelago of polar desert off the coast of Siberia, discovered in 1913 and not fully explored until 1930.
Closer to the present day, staking a claim for undiscovered land has obviously become trickier, especially because satellite imagery now covers every inch of the globe. But that hasn’t stopped explorers from trying.
Maybe due to a statement that reads “Your name won’t go down in history alongside Columbus or Vasco da Gama, but there is still undiscovered land to be found – if you know where to look.”