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Jan182018

Earth's Most Uninhabitable  Locations

Flickr | Eli DukeAs we continue to voyage beyond our atmosphere into space, we often hear about how Earth seems to be the only planet set up for successful habitation. They may have found traces of water on Mars, or planets similar looking to Earth but nothing has been quite in reach or compared to the abundance of resources we have on our little blue planet. Copious amounts of water, arable land and oxygen, Earth has been able to be a home to an estimated 9 million species!

However, even Earth surprisingly has pockets of land so perilous, they are rendered uninhabitable. There are no go areas all across the world where no human, and sometime not even simpler life forms, can survive. So many of these places remain unexplored and untouched, probably for the best!

We’ve looked into some of the most dangerous places on Earth for humans.

Snake Island, Brazil
Ilha da Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island, lies on the coast of Brazil. Just 90 miles from São Paulo, Snake Island is a no access area for civilians. The Brazilian Navy created the ban after it established a lighthouse base there, later discovering that the island contained some of the most venomous snakes in the world. It was declared unsuitable for human inhabitation! 
Flickr | Ricardo Pichler It is home to the Golden Lancehead, which is actually endemic to the island. It is regarded as one of the most venomous vipers in the world and one can only gain access to the island for research purposes and with government permission, which is probably for the best. There are roughly 4,000 poisonous snakes that inhabit the island, with there being 1 to 5 snakes per three square feet. Once described as the anti-Galapagos, the island has lent itself to myth and folklore. With stories of stranded fisherman being found in pools of blood after being bitten to death, to the lighthouse keepers being ambushed by the snakes in their own home, the island has become one of the most feared places on Earth.

Danakil Desert, Ethiopia
Known as the cruellest place in the World, Danakil desert is in fact a beautiful sight. Its problem is the high concentration of salt wastelands, constant volcanic activity, and it being saturated in poisonous sulphur vapours. However, it is these pools of sulphur and salt minerals against the dry, caramel rocks that create a unique, alien landscape.
Flickr | Andrea Moroni
Due all of these factors, it possesses great threat to human visitors. Even being in the area for a short amount of time can affect health, particularly the lungs and respiratory system due to the intense fumes that are constantly emitted from the wastelands, and the absence of breathable oxygen. Just beneath the surface of the pools, acidic liquid awaits anyone who dares enter at their own peril.
Danakil Desert is also one of the hottest and most arid places on Earth meaning that not only is it dangerous for humans, but for all beings. This means it is one of the most lifeless places to ever exist. 

Pripyat, Ukraine 
Known as one of the towns surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Pripyat was the most affected by the disaster that occurred in 1986. Ironically, it was a safety test that triggered unstable reactor conditions leading to the nuclear steam explosion and open-air graphite fire. Pripyat had to be evacuated due to the released radiation. 
Flickr | Jorge Franganillo
The chemicals released after the reactor exploded contaminated millions of square miles, reaching many EU nations. The explosion caused roughly 300 deaths and the radiation left behind had been predicted to cause a further 4,000 deaths. Cancer rates increased rapidly in surrounding areas and people are still suffering to this day. Many animals have been seen in the area after it was evacuated and left to overgrow, however there is clear evidence of radioactive effects with glowing plants supersized marine life spotted.
Now a ghost town, buildings have been abandoned and left to rot with the entire town’s fixtures and furnishings left as they were before the accident. It has become a site of interest and is now deemed safe for visits but not to re-inhabit. The physical damage to the edifices means that it is still unsafe to be in. 

 

By Hanna-Johara Dokal - Online Journalism Intern

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