From our sister site gCaptain‘s archives…
We lifted this map off our sister site, gCaptain.com a website for professional mariners that was founded in 2007. gCaptain’s CEO, Captain John Konrad, is the author of Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Spill. If you want to know what really happened onboard the Deepwater Horizon which led to the greatest oil spill in US history, read this book.
Anyway, back to the map. Look at Greenland! We hear that the west coast of Greenland is some of the best skiing in the world. AK looking pretty red. WOW, the Andes are way more lit up then one might think. Not sure how that happened? We have been to parks of the Andes that took me more then a day to walk out. Hey! Where is Antarctica? That place is remote as sh*t.
The above map, created by researchers at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, and the World Bank, plots the remotest places on Earth (shown in darker shades of red).
Mike Schuler of gCaptain.com
This map is pretty sweet. What’s interesting is what constitutes an areas “remotenes”. Here is it explained:
“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. The model combines information on terrain and access to road, rail and river networks. It also considers how factors such as altitude, steepness of terrain and hold-ups like border crossings slow travel.
“In the Amazon, for example, extensive river networks and an increasing number of roads mean that only 20 per cent of the land is more than two days from a city – around the same proportion as Canada’s Quebec province.”
It’s also interesting that what we as Americans think of as remote ie death valley, the Rockies or certain areas on the West Shore, don’t even register. Good point about Antarctica. My guess is it would be pretty darn dark.