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6 Coolest Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit
The more adventure a trip offers, the better for some people. However, no matter how daring or skilled you are, some locations on earth are simply too hazardous for ANYONE’s access.
Here’s a list of the most awesome places that you or anyone you know will ever get to see:
6. Heard Island Volcano, Australia
This remote island has the best of both worlds: ice glaciers and active volcanoes are a deadly combination. In 2000 the Mawson Peak began to pull lava out of its 2745-foot tall crater, one of the volcanoes on the island. Since then, the volcano is active. Therefore the island, where marine birds, seals, and penguins live, is for the foreseeable future not bound by curious travelers.
5. Snake Island, Brazil
It is one of the deadliest snakes species in the world on this 43-hectare island. It seems that Brazilians think that every 5 square meters of the island are a snack, but around 4,000 people live in more plausible snacks. Opportunities, unless you’re a biologist, you never will find out. Only a limited number of biologists and researchers are allowed to visit Brazil once a couple of years to study the snakes.
4. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands
The island is small and covered in greenery but the coral reefs around it make it difficult to reach on water vehicles. Helicopters may have been able to access the remote island, but the obstacle, in this case, is not the environment of the island, but its inhabitants. They reject outside contact fiercely. Their tribe remains cut from the modern world and lifestyle and they intend to keep it that way. The Indian government recognized this fact and banned anyone from visiting this island. And that is probably for the best because the Sentinelese people since their immune system is not capable of fighting against modern diseases.
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3. Lascaux Caves, France
Although this location has been given the privilege of being a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it has been inaccessible to the public since 2008. The caves are considered unique as they hold intricate and beautiful paintings of animals drawn in ancient times. An unfortunate fungal outbreak inside the caves compelled the French government to close the caves off permanently. Only historians and scientists are allowed inside the caves for short allotments of time for academic research.
2. Poveglia, Italy
Poveglia is not off-limits for travelers, as opposed to the other places on the list. In fact, the government in Italy, on the contrary, is prepared to rent out the Island to prevent land expansion from being untapped. The reason for its total abandonment is simple: it is regarded as one of the most heated places on earth. The island was a fort, a ship control point, an isolation place for patients living in the plague, and until 1968 had a psychiatric facility. The souls who are departing from these plague patients and mentally disturbed people continue to roam the island.
1. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
This last location on the list is also the coolest: both figuratively and literally. The seed vault is just 800 miles away from the North Pole. The facility has been built to preserve seeds: almost every type of seed this planet has to offer has been preserved in it. This has been done to revive species of plants just in case a disaster of a massive scale wipes out botanic diversity from the earth. The vault functions like a regular bank in the sense that governments can send rare plants seeds to be kept safe in this safety vault. The 11,000 square-foot facility looks like a structure right out of science fiction and is only accessible to the people who work in it.
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