un·​ex·​plored | \ˌən-ik-ˈsplȯrd \

Definition of unexplored 

: not explored: such as

a : not penetrated or ranged over for purposes of geographical discovery an area of unexplored wilderness

b : not looked into or investigated unexplored options unexplored areas of study

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Much of this zone remains unexplored: It is often skipped by scientists on their way to the ocean bottom. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "This Device Helps Fish Make It Out of the Twilight Zone Alive," 9 June 2018 This is a fundamentally new and unexplored way in which experience can alter the brain. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Early Life Experience: It’s in Your DNA," 10 July 2018 But no probe has dug more than a few inches into the planet’s rusty soil, leaving Mars’ entire inner landscape unexplored. NBC News, "7 ways NASA's InSight mission will go where no Mars explorer has before," 4 May 2018 Once on the ground, guests often pursue specific interests such as photography or birding, or they may simply be lured in by the promise of a destination largely unexplored, Ms. Sparks said. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "In Chad, the Elephants (So Many Elephants) Are Back," 14 May 2018 What seems to have gone missing was any realization that there's an entire continent south of Mexico that is virtually unexplored — and unexploited — by U.S. film interests/fans/funders. John Anderson, latimes.com, "Latin American cinema offers untapped riches just south of the North American border," 11 May 2018 The proposal, scheduled for a vote Monday, calls for placing 16,000 square miles of sensitive or unexplored ocean floor off limits to trawling, a fishing technique that involves dragging a large net along the sea floor to catch target fish. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New fishery rules could protect deep sea corals in California," 7 Apr. 2018 Those are necessary for scientific or search-and-rescue purposes, but also just to find their way through unexplored and possibly changing environments. Matthew Francis, Ars Technica, "“Life, uh, finds a way”—Applying lessons from evolution to go to Mars," 26 Jan. 2018 Few are aware that 95 percent of the ocean is unexplored, that thousands of rivers remain unknown to science, and that research is uncovering new species constantly. National Geographic, "Why We Created This First-of-Its-Kind Digital Field Journal," 17 Apr. 2018

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1697, in the meaning defined above

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