Science: Worlds to Conquer

Explorers might take heart. So might their angels. The world, said Explorer Roy Chapman Andrew* in the New York Times Magazine this week, was not hopelessly over-explored.

No latter-day Magellan could still be "the first to burst into that silent sea." No atomic-age Hernando Cortés would pose as a god to a modern Montezuma. Geographically, the world had been pretty well raked over. The only sizable blanks remaining were near the Poles, and they were mostly wastes of ice & snow.

The greatest prize left to modern exploration, thinks Andrews, is Amnyi Machen, a...

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