>>580441 >What do you mean there's nothing left to explore? There's still half a world of desert, all of which is virtually the same and of no interest to all but a very select few autistic marine-biologists. When will this meme end?
>>580436 The next place to claim will be Mars. Then Olympus Mons I guess but it's so high that ironically it won't be a challenge. And unless there's something deeper than Mariana Trench that's it for Earth.
>>580456 Well first voyages was basically a race financed by great empires to see who could claim what. Terra Australis was supposed to be this new America back when people didn't even know whether it existed or not.
Of course even in the 20th century governments were using exploration as a tool. Antarctica was claimed by several countries in the past. Some of them claim it to this day. Between 1920s and 1950s everybody turned to Himalayas but it was mostly for propaganda. The British wanted to claim the third pole for the glory of the dying empire. And don't let me started on space exploration.
And there was the whole "science vs. discovery" debate. The scientific side of famous expeditions is often ignored and everybody focuses on the big prize. The highest point or the pole or whatever.
>>580662 I guess it's the idea that the act of perseverance through hardship, heroic failure or success against the odds, the noble struggle, is somehow a more worthy act per se than scientific exploration.
>>580949 Don't know about fucking but of course he ate them. That's how it went in these parts. Amundsen set out with this very intention. Scott liked dogs too much todo this but he shot and ate horses which btw had better lives there than in Siberian mines. Now the real thing is one historian claims he ate his partner. It's bullshit tho not the first time polar historian makes shit up for fame.
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