Another POI (point of interest) added to The List is the Australian POI (“pole of inaccessibility”).
But first some background. Recall the cycling classic: JttCotE (“Journey to the Centre of the Earth”), the story of an epic minimalist bike trip from the shores of Bangladesh to the point farthest from the sea anywhere on the planet. The full text of this rollicking adventure available as a pdf here. This Centre of the Earth is now called a “pole of inaccessibility”.
There is an equivalent point in the ocean that is the furthest from any land. Here it is:
Equidistant from Pitcairn Is, Easter Is and Antarctica. This is called Point Nemo after “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”. If you look for it in Google maps (as in here) you can find an Easter Egg:
Some geographers have found the POI poles in all large land masses. A pdf of their algorithm here.
Each of these furthest points from an ocean, when you think about it, is actually equidistant to the ocean in 3 directions. A largish uncertainty comes from the “what is ocean and what is river mouth” or “Where does the ocean start under the ice” in the case of Antarctica . The POI in Antarctica is probably the most inaccessible. The Russians set up a scientific station in 1958. It lasted 3 months before being abandoned. Because it was, well, so inaccessible. (And has an average annual temperature of -58.2ºC)
An expedition in 2007 were the first to walk to this Antarctic POI. This is what they found when they got there:
The station buried, with only the top of a statue of Lenin poking above the ice.
I suggest we start in Port Augusta, wander up the Stuart Hwy:
past Alice Springs, turn into the Tanami Rd:
Then left in a nameless dirt road that goes to Papunya:
Past the local airport:
Turn right here:
And it’s just there, that bush just off the road:
Our fame is assured. Who’s in? Possibly not at Christmas time for this one.