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The 10 most pristine places on Earth

By: OurAmazingPlanet Inc. on April 25, 2011, 7:42 p.m.
Fiordland, New Zealand

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Fiordland, New Zealand

On the southern end of New Zealand's west coast, the Fiordland region is wild, rugged — and empty of human development. With high mountains falling into jagged rocky waters, Fiordland has never had any significant permanent population. Even the native Maori only visited temporarily for hunting, fishing and to collect the precious New Zealand jadestone. In addition, the region's air currents blow straight up from Antarctica, so Fiordland's air is some of the cleanest on the planet. Here, Fiordland National Park.