In the previous article, ‘Do You Know About the Earth’s Most Mysterious Lost Worlds? - Part I’, we shared some of the most intriguing unexplored places on our planet. We discussed the unique colorless life in the East Scotia Ridge that shelters creatures like ‘ghost-pale’ octopus, a new type of yeti crab and a lot more. We also shared about the mysterious land of Bosavi Crater that shelters some of the rarest endemic species on Earth. Then we moved on to the colorful life of the Palawan Highlands in the Philippines. And lastly, we got familiar with some of the strangest creatures like a leaf-tailed gecko, shake sink, and blotched boulder frog residing in the Melville Range. But, these are not the only mysterious places on Earth. Our planet offers us so much more. So, here we are going to extend our list and share some more mysterious lost worlds on Earth. Read through to find out!
When it comes to mystery, it’s hard to hold on to the excitement. Do not worry as here we begin the list of the Earth’s most mysterious lost worlds- Part II.
Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the oceans of the world, and Challenger Deep is the deepest point known in the seabed hydrosphere of Earth that could reach to the depths of over 35,000 ft. Since the point lies so deep, only 4 attempts have been made to explore the trench as of now. As per the descents, the same depths have been reported but the maximum depth still remains uncertain.
The very popular director James Cameron made the latest descent back in 2012. The tremendously talented filmmaker wished to explore the area for an extended period of time, but could not do so because of a malfunction in his submarine. Kindred to this incident happened with another explorer who tried to reach the trench bottom but could not become successful. The lost world still remains a mystery. Nothing particularly unique to the Challenger Deep has been discovered yet and it remains a challenge to our scientific and technological capabilities.
Antarctica is the southernmost continent on the Earth and is the only continent uninhabited by the human beings. Being out of reach of the Homo sapiens, Antarctica remains a place full of mystery and conundrum. Out of over 400 lakes in the continent, Lake Vostok is the largest of all. And it won’t be wrong to call the place the most mysterious as well. Beneath the Vostok Station of Russia, lies the lake located at the Southern Pole of Cold. Lake Vostok resides far below the Central East Antarctic Ice Sheet’s surface that is 11,000 ft. above the sea level. The worktop of this freshwater lake is around 13,000 ft. under the surface of the ice that means it would be less than 2000 ft. below the sea level.
It has been at least 400,000 years that the lake has remained untouched by the humans and it was in 2012 when the scientists completed the most extensive ever ice core that reached 12,400 ft. and consequently pierced through to the surface of the lake. As soon as this happened, water from the lake surged up the borehole. Teams of researchers got successful in retrieving a pure sample in 2015. DNA of unrecognized species has been collected from deep within the lake which has opened ways for science to discover the distant mysterious forgotten world. And this is only the beginning, as humans have touched only the surface of this lost world. It is believed that unseen, new, and mysterious creatures could dwell in the lake. The biggest question is…. Will human ever reach them? Only time will tell.
Hang Sơn Đoòng or Sơn Đoòng lies in the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam. The cave is Solutional in nature. Actually, the cave is located near the Laos-Vietnam border. It is often regarded as the largest cave in the world. As per the records, Hang Sơn Đoòng is considered as the largest known cave transit cross-section in the world. Discovered by a native named Hồ Khanh in 1991, the cave has prevented locals from making entry inside due to the water rushing through and the loud sound of the wind. Obviously, the denizens found it frightening! It was in 2009 when British Cave Research Association explored more about the cave by conducting a survey nearby and introduced it to the rest of the world. Woefully, the development came to a halt when a 200 feet calcite wall was discovered. This was later named as ‘the Great Wall of Vietnam’. Later in 2013, some abnormally large cave pearls were found that were almost the size of a baseball. Not only this, the cave has its own weather system and is so big that it has inner forests of its own.
If you feel very much fascinated with Hang Sơn Đoòng, then you surely can be a part of this exploration in just $3,000. And that’s not it, you need to have a permit to access the cave and that too on a limited basis. You can avail this amazing opportunity if you’ve got that greens in the month of August, but here comes along yet another downside as only 800 permits are available for 2017. Now you must be wondering why August is chosen for doing so? Well, the reason is that the cave becomes inaccessible during the fall and winter months because of the high water levels. Well, the mystery of Hang Sơn Đoòng is waiting to be explored as who knows what happens during the ghastly period of time.
Sinkholes are already quite mysterious and Sima Martel and Sima Humboldt are the epitomes of the enigma. Located in Venezuela, at the top of an 11,500 ft. mountain, Sima Martel, and Sima Humboldt have intrigued natives and researchers for years. Out of the two, Sima Humboldt is the larger one being 1000 ft. wide and 1000 ft. deep. Discovered originally back the year 1961, very little is known about the dark deep depths of the shakehole because of its massive size.
The cenote has an ecosystem of its own at the bottom. As per the local legend, the sinkhole is supposed to be an evil and mysterious place. As per the saga, the evil spirit that resides at the bottom devours human flesh and screams “Sari... sari…” But this might be a windy effect. The sinkholes were discovered for the very first time in 1974 and remain exclusive for scientific researchers in the contemporary.
Folks! That was it. Hope you enjoyed reading about the Earth’s most mysterious places. We would like to know your views and suggestions about the same. Stay tuned to our website for more mystery.