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The Remotest Places on Earth

January 15, 2015

Interesting map. It shows the untouched places on the Earth and assigns the larger grids to the places that are more remote.

The map, created by Benjamin Hennig, senior research fellow in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford and author of the blog www.viewsoftheworld.net, shows the vast areas of the world that remain mainly untouched by human civilization. The size of each grid reflects the time it takes to travel to the nearest city of at least 50,000 people over land – the larger the grid, the longer it takes. The colors show land elevation in meters, with red being 8,000 meters. Greenland becomes gigantic, as does the Himalayas, while much of Europe, Asia and Central America disappear. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities today. More than 95 percent of people around the world are concentrated into 10 percent of the world’s land area.


The area ‘north of 56’ is about as remote as you can get. Greenland is particularly remote. There are only two cities ‘north of 56’ with more than 50,000 people- both in Alaska: Fairbanks and Anchorage.



Source: Lonely Planet