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Ideas for expansion
Some ideas in no particular order for expanding this article into a proper history of exploration (please add):
- Age of Exploration is heavily eurocentric, this article could be an opportunity to partly rectify this
- Exploration in mythology.
- Early human migrations as exploration.
- Early sailors, i.e. Phoenicians
- Expansion into the Pacific by Polynesians
- Exploration of polar regions
- Exploration of the Ocean floor
- Manned and Unmanned space exploration
- Exploration during the time of the Ancient world.
- Early European exploration - vikings, vinland, etc.
- Finding the headwaters of great rivers - Livingston, etc.
- Modern explorers
- Chinese/Korean exploration - they had some remarkably detailed maps before the Europeans
- Explorations by other cultures not yet mentioned.
- Political and economic consequences of exploration.
- Link between exploration and technological advancement.
Dora the Explorer
I mean, come ON.
Language straight from a 1950s history book
Can we change the language from 'discovered' to 'first European to discover' or better still, 'first to document'? This isn't the 1930s, that language seems from a bygone era. --Harburg (talk) 03:11, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
- It looks like this was addressed at some point. ~KvnG 13:47, 21 April 2014 (UTC)
Thoughts about article improvement
Some random thoughts about improvement of the article.
- It needs to begin with some introduction to the concept of exploration (as the lead currently does). We need to distinguish exploration from trade or use of territory. Not all travel is exploration - if it were, the article would become hopelessly bloated. I'm not sure how we should distinguish exploration from settlement.
- I like the idea of the major sections being "definition / etymology"; "history (or notable periods) of exploration" and "methods of exploration". I'm not sure that we need "terrain and places" as well as sections that describe the history and the methods. However, what the article really needs and has almost nothing on, is material about exploration of the oceans, and of space. I admit I'm not sure how those things fit with the history / methods categorisation.
- Do we need a separate section on notable explorers, or in a top-level article such as this, confine mention of them to the context in which they appear in the "history" section? I favour the latter.
- Content that would be valuable: underwater exploration - history including work of James Clark Ross, Challenger expedition, dives of the Bathyscaphe Trieste and the Kaikō; technologies such as bathyscaphes; interplanetary exploration, including probes, and the technologies involved in delivering remote landers on other bodies (such as Mars or Titan).
To do list
I read through past and current discussion on this page and created a to do list for improvement of this article. If anything in the list is controversial, please move it to this section and discuss. ~KvnG 14:27, 21 April 2014 (UTC)