In this world, there are various places that are forbidden to visit. What are those places? Why are those places off-limits? Come on, let’s find out!
Surtsey Island is the southernmost island in Iceland and one of the youngest islands on Earth. The island is only about 50 years old. The island was formed in 1963 when an underwater volcano erupted and the lava accumulated. Because of that, the island with an area of about 1.5 square kilometers is used as a place of research on how life and ecosystems are formed.
The island is not open to crowds. In addition to the natural conditions that are quite dangerous, the researchers are also worried that if visited by many people it will disrupt the natural development on the island. Oh yes, researchers who enter this island must also follow very strict rules. One of them is forbidden to leave, take, and change anything on the island.
Area 51 is the general designation for a United States Air Force base facility located in the Nevada area. This facility has existed since 1955. At that time, the facilities in this area were used to develop aircraft. Uniquely, this area was only officially recognized by the United States Government in 2013.
Area 51 is a restricted area. Only about 1.500 employees are allowed to enter this area. The activities in this 2,9 million hectare area are also very secret. So, do not be surprised if at the boundaries of this area’s fence there are many warning signs, electronic surveillance, and even armed guards.
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Ilha de Queimada Grande
Ilha de Queimada Grande Island is located in Brazil. Although the island is beautiful and the natural conditions are not extreme, it is the inhabitants that make the island unreachable. Yup, this island is inhabited by many snakes. In fact, it is called the place inhabited by the most snakes on Earth. The researchers estimate that there are 1 to 5 snakes in every square meter.
Ilha de Queimada Grande Island is home to the golden lancehead pit viper, a highly venomous snake. This snake became trapped on the island when sea levels rose thousands of years ago. This rising sea level also resulted in the separation of this island from the larger main island. Since there are no snake predators on the island, the snakes reproduce quickly.
The Lascaux Caves in the Dordogne, France, are caves filled with prehistoric or ancient paintings. The paintings in this cave are among the best and oldest in the world. It is estimated that the paintings were made around 15,000 BC – 13,000 BC. There are three groups of paintings in the cave, namely paintings of animals, humans, and abstract paintings.
The cave was discovered in 1940 and was opened to the public in 1948. Unfortunately, the large number of visitors actually damaged the painting. Finally, in 1963 the cave was closed to the public. Researchers are also trying to restore the paintings to their original state. Well, fortunately, a replica of the cave has been made. so, we can still see the beauty of the cave.