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Many of us probably think that
humans are everywhere on this planet.
There are billions of us
and it seems like everywhere you look, there are other people.
And there is no wild or wilderness left in the world
with everything being already discovered.
but this is simply not the case.
The world is an enormous place.
And there are still places just as remote, and far away
as they were thousands of years ago.
So then, how far away exactly
can you possibly get from every other human on the planet?
For the maximum terror factor,
Let’s imagine that
you have been suddenly teleported to the following locations
and then, imagine HOW or IF you would escape.
Perhaps you still want to be around a few people
but far away from everybody else in the world.
In which case,
you would likely want to visit the island of Tristan Da Cunha
which is the most remote place in the world
that is actually inhabited by people.
The tiny island has a tiny population of just 264 people
and while you’re there the closest other population of humans
will be located 2,000 kilometers away on the island of Saint Helena
which itself is quite remote.
The nearest continent to you would be Africa
which would be a staggering 2,400 kilometers away.
There is no airport on the island.
So the only way to or from is by boat.
And boats only come from South Africa about
8 or 9 times in an entire year.
If you really want off the island,
then you better have your own boat.
And, even then the shortest journey to the nearest airport is on Ascension Island
and would take you 7 days to reach.
Now lets next imagine that
you are placed on the center of Devon island which is a part of the Canadian archipelago.
This island is roughly the same size as Croatia
and yet it has absolutely ZERO people living on it.
NOBODY. its just you.
In complete solitude with nobody else as far as the land goes.
Walk in any direction
and you will never find anybody else to help you.
The closest other humans to you will be here
on the island next door in the town of Resolute.
which is every single person who lives on the island.
But even still,
the town is 80 km away from the island that you’re on
and you would need a boat to get there.
Maybe you think the South Pole would have to be one of
the most remote and far away places in the world.
And while that used to be true,
the South Pole today is home to a permanent research station.
That always staffed by as many as 150 scientists.
The place in Antartica that is far more remote and difficult to get to or out of,
would be this exact spot here.
Which is the furthest point on the continent
away from the ocean.
It is located 878 kilometers away from the research station at the South Pole.
which would be the nearest other humans to your location
You may find some solace that
there is at least already shelter pre-built here
although most of it is buried under the snow.
The Soviets first reached this place in 1958
and builds a bust of Lenin facing towards Moscow
which is the only thing that still stands today above the snow
gazing into the vast nothingness in every direction.
The last time that humans ever visited this point was back in 2011
so unless you want to wait around for years to be rescued
then you should probably get moving to that South Pole research station
however this isn’t the most remote piece of land on Earth
that distinction has to go to this island in the South Atlantic
called Bouvet Island.
It is small, frozen with ice
and completely uninhabited by all of humanity
although Norway claims it for herself
for some unknown reason…
The nearest other piece of land to you
would be Queen Maud land here off the coast of Antarctica
at 1,600 kilometers away
but that island is also uninhabited
so there’s no use going there
The nearest other humans to you on bouvet island
would be 2260 kilometers away on tristan da cunha
which as we previously discussed
is also incredibly remote in its own right.
For reference, that distance would be about
fifty four percent of the distance
from the west coast of the United States to the east coast
with no other humans insight
and just to arrive at the most remote inhabited place on earth
that still has no airport
and that only has a boat come to it
eight or nine time a year
So far, we’ve only been talking about being on land
but we haven’t yet considered the ocean
if we forget about distance
and just think about the sheer obstacles
between you and every other person
then bottom of the Marianas Trench
nearly 11 kilometres below the ocean surface
would be a truly lonely place
only three people have ever been to the bottom in all of human history
and the last time was in 2012.
Strangely that does mean
that there have been four times
as many people that have been on the surface of the moon
than have been to the bottom of the ocean
but let’s take it back to distance for a moment
because the ocean is truly gargantuan
and far bigger than many of us realize
this point in the Arctic Ocean for example
is the furthest point in that ocean away from any land.
It is located on a shifting pack of ice
so a permanent structure is impossible to build
if you were to ever reach here
the closest inhabited land would be Ellesmere Island in Canada
home to a population of only 146 people
the closest actual settlement on that island Grise fiord
would be 1638 kilometers away from you at this point.
Further, nobody has actually ever reached this point yet in all of history
so if you want to become an explorer and
put your name down in the history books alongside Magellan
then get out there and reach at first
and finally and most terrifying of all
the most remote point and farthest away
from the rest of humanity
that you can likely ever achieve
is deep in the Pacific Ocean
which for reference on a globe looks like this
and almost takes up half of everything you see
this exact point here is known as point Nemo
and is by far the most remote place on the planet.
The closest inhabited land to you
at this point would be Easter Island
which is a mind-boggling 2689 kilometers away.
To put that into perspective again
that is about sixty four percent
of the distance from the U.S. west coast to east coat
with not a single other person
and just vast empty ocean.
If you think that possibly some shipping routes or cargo ships
may pass by to help
then here is a map of what these trade routes look like
Notice the dark points around
not only here but also the point
that we discussed earlier in the Arctic Ocean and Bouvet Island over here
The record for the fastest time
that anybody has ever made it to point Nemo was on a boat
and it still took 15 days 10 hours and 37 minutes to reach.
plus all of that time to make it back from where they originated from.
It’s weird to think that if you were at this point
sitting in a boat alone the closest other humans to you
would actually be the astronauts on board the International Space Station
as they occasionally orbit the earth above you.
the station orbits on a maximum of 416 kilometers above the Earth’s surface
which is far closer than the 2689 kilometers needed to reach Easter Island
in fact the space station would be the closest humans to you
at several of these other locations as well
but here especially if you were stranded
then they would be too far away for help
the fastest anybody could possibly reach you
would take over 15 days
the closest help you could get yourself
would be the same as venturing
nearly two-thirds of the way across the united states
and to top everything off the Lovecraftian City of R’lyeh
is located not too far away from this point
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than sheer isolation to worry about at this point
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