In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of empirical research (the other two being description and explanation). The term is commonly used metaphorically. For example, an individual may speak of exploring the Internet, sexuality, etc.
Notable periods of human exploration
Phoenician galley sailings
The Phoenicians (1550 BCE–300 BCE) traded throughout the Mediterranean Sea and Asia Minor though many of their routes are still unknown today. The presence of tin in some Phoenician artifacts suggests that they may have traveled to Britain. Some scientists speculate that they voyaged all the way to Central America, although this is disputed. According to Virgil's Aeneid and other ancient sources, the legendary Queen Dido was a Phoenician from Asia Minor who sailed to North Africa and founded the city of Carthage.
Mineral exploration is the process of finding ores (commercially viable concentrations of minerals) to mine. Mineral exploration is a much more intensive, organized and professional form of mineral prospecting and, though it frequently uses the services of prospecting, the process of mineral exploration on the whole is much more involved.
On behalf of countries that need these materials, many companies have been exploring widely in an effort to diversify away from Russia for nickel in particular and Democratic Republic of Congo for cobalt ... The exploration for PM creates significant environmental impact on the deep seabed.
This region is regulated by the International Seabed Authority or ISA. It is charted by the UN to assist and regulate the exploration and exploitation of the sea bottom ... According to reports, the ISA estimates that over $100 million has already been spent on the exploration of the ocean bottom for these resources.
LTC is in charge of managing the exploration and exploitation of non-living marine resources in the seabed and subsoil beyond the national jurisdiction where the resources are considered “common heritage of mankind” and shared fairly among nations.
In February this year, Cook Islands Cabinet formally approved the three seabed minerals (SBM) exploration licence applications from CICLimited, CIIC Seabed Resources Limited and Moana Minerals Limited, at least one of the companies have started their exploration expedition.
The Ordovician buried hills in particular, have been extensively explored since 1977. Unfortunately, further exploration in this region is difficult due to the exhaustion of high-amplitude and easily identifiable medium–shallow buried hills ... Explore further. Reassessing geohazards of buried landslide deposits and their impacts on seabed ecosystems.
French Polynesia has voted a draft opinion for a temporary ban on seabed mining projects this week ... “Kiribati, Nauru and the Cook Islands are already engaged in an exploration process ... “We are the first country member of the Forum to take this resolution on, I must say, the exploration of the seabed,” Maamaatuaiahutapu said.
For a moment, the animal looks like nothing more than a bluish, amoeba-like blur on the seabed ... There, the scientists made direct observations of some of the deepest seabed areas in the Atlantic Ocean ... It is possible Alvin could be away, exploring the great blue depths, for the next five years, Michel said ... To explore strange new seabeds.
Greenpeace UK said Friday it had dropped 18 large boulders on the seabed in a marine conservation zone off the coast of southwest England to prevent "destructive" industrial fishing ... The action would make it "impossible for them to drag the heavy fishing gear along the seabed, destroying the habitat and disturbing the carbon", she added.
McFarlane, former head of environmental monitoring at the International Seabed Authority, an agency affiliated with the United Nations that will regulate mining by the Metals Co ... “You are violating the legal concept behind the Seabed Authority,” said Sandor Mulsow, who held top positions at the agency before leaving in 2019.
"The high seas are the vital blue heart of the planet ... This would put limits on how much fishing can take place, the routes of shipping lanes and exploration activities like deep sea mining ... As of March 2022, the International Seabed Authority, which regulates these activities, had issued 31 contracts to explore the deep sea for minerals ... .