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exploration

noun
     
ex‧plo‧ra‧tion [uncountable and countable]
1 the act of travelling through a place in order to find out about it or find something such as oil or gold in it:
oil exploration facilities in the North Sea
You can then use this hut as a base for explorations into the mountains around.
exploration of
the exploration of space
2 when you try to find out more about something by discussing it, thinking about it etc
exploration into/of
an exploration into how an abused child becomes an abuser
the exploration of literary texts

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