Surtsey Island, which is situated just off the coast of Iceland, is the world’s youngest piece of land. It was formed in a volcanic eruption on November 14th, 1963. Surtsey is the southernmost point of Iceland. I first read about Surtsey in a book titled 100 Places You Will Never Visit: The World’s Most Secret Locations. Today, the island remains uninhabited while travel is restricted to scientists like biologists, volcanologists, and botanists. The island is solely populated by flora and fauna. Visits by locals and tourists impose severe fines. (You are welcome to circumnavigate the island on boat, however.) The only sign of human life is a hut which is used by researchers who are staying on the island. Surtsey is among the world’s few pieces of untouched, virgin land: a place where scientific research goes undisturbed. It allows us to investigate how an ecosystem develops and evolves from scratch, without any human involvement. Surtsey is truly awe-inspiring. It’s not everyday that you can find something this unspoiled and rare.
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