Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Monday, February 13, 2006

The Lost World

Dear QuantumLimit Reader,

I would like to introduce a fellow explorer to you who has submitted today’s web log titled, “The Lost World”. His name is Ralph Buttigieg and he’s from New South Wales, Australia. Ralph will be contributing now and then – especially when I am away from computers, the web and the power grid – which happens once and awhile in the life of all real explorers. For instance, during the first nine or ten days in March, Claudia and I will be exploring France for my upcoming book, ALYETE and, while traveling, Ralph will be blogging along in my place - unless I can land near an Internet Cafe somewhere in Paris. But this whole web log sharing plan is not at all bad, I’d say – that we can now team up on opposite ends of the earth without even a pause or a hiccup! Here’s his introduction, followed by today’s log:

Ralph lives in the quiet suburbs of Sydney Australia. He has had a lifelong interest in astronomy and space exploration. Ralph still remembers watching the Apollo 11 moon landing as a young child and regards it as one of the most important experiences in his life. He has been an active amateur astronomer and was the President of one of the oldest astronomy clubs in Australia. Ralph is a diplomate of the International Space Academy.

Several years ago he heard about Dennis and the League of the New Worlds and thought it would be cool to become an aquanaut. One problem, he couldn't swim. So at the age of 36 he took up the challenge of learning to swim, then became a Scuba diver and finally a certified PADI Aquanaut in the Jules Undersea Lodge.

In recent years he married the beautiful Tessy and had a science fiction and fantasy book shop for several years. He now has a more conventional job but still tries to explore new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations.


This is the 21st Century, a world of instant communications, mass jet travel and space travel. You might think the days of the explorer finding new lands are long gone. I though so too, at least until I read the following:

"Australian and other scientists have found a "Lost World" in a remote Indonesian mountain jungle, home to exotic new species of birds, butterflies, frogs and plants as well as mammals unafraid of humans despite being hunted to near extinction elsewhere.

"It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the US, Indonesian and Australian expedition to part of the cloud-shrouded Foja mountains in the province of Papua that covers the western half of New Guinea......." Click here for more.

I find this very humbling. We are sending robots to explore Pluto but there are still unique places "were no one has gone before" on our own planet. How many places in Africa, Asia and South America remain to be explored? There’s still plenty for Earth bound explorers to do.

Shown above is a "Tree Kangroo" found in the Lost World.

Ralph Buttigieg