Ever have one of those days/weeks/months/seasons where you wish you could zap off to a place so remote, so desolate, that no one could talk to you and there is definitely no WiFi?
Turns out there’s actually a scientific definition for these places. Ready for it? It’s perfect: Pole of Inaccessibility.
What a name, right?
There’s several different types of Poles Of Inaccessibility. Continental ones are defined as the spot on each continent that is farthest away from any ocean, and the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility is the point farthest from any dry land. The northern pole is in the Arctic ocean; there’s a southern pole too, but it’s just in Antarctica.
It’s all a little confusing but keep in mind these aren’t “real” things. Sure, scientists have measured them out, but it seems like it’s more of a hobby for Gore-Tex’ed up adventurers who want to make a big point of going somewhere that is Hard To Get To. These knuckleheads are too busy making their own GORP and applying SPF lip balm to worry about the whys and the hows.
6. North America
Located in South Dakoka, just a few miles north Allen, SD, an Indian Reservation town that is, as of the most recent census, the poorest place in America.
There’s a few different theories about the exact location, based on different ways of measuring, but they’re all relatively near to each other. But let’s just say it’s this most popularly accepted one, in China near the border of Mongolia. Ahhhhh look at this long expanse of land. So peaceful, so quiet. Let’s just go there.
9. Northern Pole of Inaccessibility
BRRRRRRRRRR. This is located in the middle of the Arctic ocean, further from land than the geographic or magnetic North Poles (they’re different, not sure which one Santa lives at tbh). [The satellite image of the map just looks like boring ocean, so let’s look at some icebergs.]