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Point Nemo: the Most Remote Location on Earth

Some of us just want to get away, others want to get far away. As far as possible. If that's what you're looking for, then Point Nemo is the spot for you. But this isn't a place you can just visit and work on your tan, it's a spot in the middle of the ocean that will require some creative planning on your part to see.

Named after the submarine sailor from Jules Verne's classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, it's officially the most remote spot on planet Earth. Point Nemo is almost 1500 miles away from any land mass with Ducie Island (a remote spot itself residing in the Pitcairn Islands) to the north; rocky and desolate Motu Nui (one of the Easter Islands) to the northeast; and Maher Island (which was discovered in the 1940's) to the south near Antarctica.

Also know as the “Oceanic Point of Inaccessibility,” the spot was pin pointed in 1992 by a Croatian-Canadian survey engineer named Hrvoje Lukatela. Using geo-spatial computing software, he calculated the point that was furthest away and equidistant from all coast lines and named it Point Nemo - meaning 'no man'.

Point Nemo is an interesting spot for oceanographers for a few reasons: one is a mysterious sound which was recorded nearby. Called "the Bloop," some thought it was the sound of a yet discovered sea monster. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) determined that the bloop was actually the sound of fracturing ice.

The closest people to Point Nemo are aboard the International Space Station, which may be why one rumors suggests that it's a resting place for space debris - over 100 decommission space craft are nearby.

Sadly, even the most remote location on Earth isn't free of trash. Researchers have found that the waters around Point Nemo are polluted with micro plastic particles. Here are the GPS Coordinates [45º52.6S, 123º23.6W].


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