We’ve been to the Moon, so surely, we know every corner of our planet, right? Not quite. Many places on Earth remain largely unexplored. From unclimbed mountains to the depths of the oceans and rainforests, many ecosystems remain to be discovered. And not only are there unexplored places, but can you believe there are still uncontacted people out there? Earth is indeed a big place, and we’ve not seen it all. Are you ready for a unique adventure?
There were 66 confirmed eruptions at some point during 2023 from 65 different volcanoes; 16 of those were new eruptions that started during the year. An eruption marked as “continuing” does not always mean persistent daily activity but indicates at least intermittent eruptive events without a break of 3 months or more. Generally, there are around 20 volcanoes actively erupting on any particular day; this is a subset of the normal 40-50 with continuing eruptions.
Volcanoes are Earth’s geologic architects. They’ve created over 80 per cent of our planet’s surface, laying the foundation for life to thrive. Their explosive force crafts mountains as well as craters. Lava rivers spread into bleak landscapes. But as time passes, the elements break down these volcanic rocks, liberating nutrients from their stony prisons and creating remarkably fertile soils that have allowed civilizations to flourish.