Here’s a look at the new crop of young explorers and the things they’re doing to advance the species. Among them is one of my favorites: Kira Salak. NYT called her “a real-life Lara Croft”, which is kind of lame. Anyway, Salak has traveled to almost every continent, visiting some of the world’s most remote places, including Madagascar, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, and Borneo. She was the first documented person to kayak solo 600 miles (966 kilometers) down West Africa’s Niger River.