Three Weeks From Anywhere

October 12, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
The most remote place on planet earth.
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Very little of the world’s land can now be thought of as inaccessible, according to a new map of connectedness.

The maps are based on a model which calculated how long it would take to travel to the nearest city of 50,000 or more people by land or water.

Plotted onto a map, the results throw up surprises. First, less than 10% of the world’s land is more than 48 hours of ground-based travel from the nearest city.
clipped from www.newscientist.com

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clipped from www.newscientist.com
Nowhere, three weeks from anywhere

It’s official, the world’s most remote place is on the Tibetan plateau (34.7°N, 85.7°E).

From here, says Andy Nelson, a former researcher at the European Commission, it is a three-week trip to the cities of Lhasa or Korla – one day by car and the remaining 20 on foot.
Rough terrain and an altitude of 5200 metres also lend it a perfect air of “Do Not Disturb”.

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