I'm starting a new series of geography lessons on this blog, as I have long been incredibly interested in the places I'll go (and those that I won't). Today I stumbled across one that I head never heard of before: Heard Island. It is located southeast of Madagascar and is nearest to Antarctica. The mountain that is an active volcano rises up from the sea so majestically.
It was not even known to exist until the 1830s. Soon after, sealers invaded the island and nearly wiped out the seal population there. Now, it's protected land belonging to Australia.
It seems like a beautiful place and one I'd like to visit - for about six hours. Being so close to Antarctica, it's essentially a barren rock covered with snow. Still, there's something alluring about an island virtually no one has seen (or heard of, for that matter) sitting by itself in the middle of the Ocean.