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  • This is a video by Real Life Lore, sponsored by The Great Courses Plus.

  • Many of us probably think that humans are everywhere on this planet.

  • There are billions of us and it seems like everywhere you look, there are other people.

  • And there is no wild or wilderness left in the world,

  • With everything being already discovered.

  • But this is simply not the case.

  • The world is an enormous place.

  • And there are still places just as remote,

  • and far away as they were thousands of years ago.

  • So then,

  • how far away exactly can you possibly get from every other human on the planet?

  • For the maximum terrafactor,

  • Let's imagine that you have been suddenly teleported

  • to the following locations,

  • and then, imagine HOW or IF you would escape.

  • Perhaps you still want to be around a few people but far away from everybody else in the world.

  • In which case you would likely want to visit the island of Tristan Da Cunha

  • which is the most remote place in the world that is actually inhabited by people.

  • The tiny island has a tiny population of just 264 people

  • and while you're there the closest other population of humans will be located

  • 2,000 kilometers away on the island of Saint Helena

  • which itself is quite remote.

  • The nearest continent to you would be Africa

  • which would be a staggering 2,400 kilometers away.

  • There is no airport on the island. So the only way to or from is by boat.

  • And boats only come from South Africa 8 or 9 times in an entire year.

  • If you really want off the island, then you better have your own boat.

  • And, even then the shortest journey to the nearest airport is on Ascension Island

  • and would take you 7 days to reach.

  • Now lets imagine that you are placed on the center of Devon island

  • which is a part of the Canadian archipelago.

  • This island is roughly the same size as Croatia

  • and yet it has absolutely ZERO people living on it.

  • NOBODY. its just you.

  • In complete solitude with nobody else as far as the land goes.

  • Walk in any direction and you will never find anybody else to help you.

  • The closest other humans to you will be here on the island next door

  • in the town of Resolute.

  • Population: 229, which is every single person who lives on the island.

  • But even still, the town is 80 km away from the island that you're on.

  • and you would need a boat to get there.

  • Maybe you think the South Pole would have to be one of the most remote and far away places in the world.

  • And while that used to be true, the South Pole today

  • is home to a permanent research station.

  • That always staffed by as many as 150 scientists.

  • The place in Antartica that is far more remote and difficult to get to or out of, would be this exact spot here.

  • Which is the furthest point on the continent away from the ocean.

  • It is located 878 km away from the research station at the South Pole.

  • Which would be the nearest other humans to your location

  • You may find some solace that

  • there is at least already shelter pre-built here

  • although most of it is buried under the snow.

  • The Soviets first reached this place in

  • 1958 and builds a bust of Lenin facing

  • towards Moscow which is the only thing

  • that still stands today above the snow

  • gazing into the vast nothingness in

  • every direction. The last time that humans

  • ever visited this point was back in 2011

  • so unless you want to wait around for

  • years to be rescued then you should

  • probably get moving to that South Pole.

  • research station

  • however this isn't the most remote piece

  • of land on Earth that distinction has to

  • go to this island in the South Atlantic

  • called Bouvet Island. It is small frozen

  • with ice and completely uninhabited by

  • all of humanity

  • although Norway claims it for herself for some unknown reason...

  • The nearest other piece of land to you would be

  • Queen Maud land here off the coast of

  • Antarctica at 1,600 kilometers away but

  • that island is also uninhabited so

  • there's no use going there

  • the nearest other humans to you on bouvet

  • island would be 2260 kilometers away on

  • tristan da cunha which as we previously

  • discussed is also incredibly remote in

  • its own right. For reference that

  • distance would be about fifty four

  • percent of the distance from the west

  • coast of the United States to the east

  • coast with no other humans insight and

  • just to arrive at the most remote

  • inhabited place on earth that still has

  • no airport and that only has boats come

  • to it eight or nine times a year. So far

  • we've only been talking about being on

  • land but we haven't yet considered the

  • ocean if we forget about distance and

  • just think about the sheer obstacles

  • between you and every other person in

  • the bottom of the Marianas Trench nearly

  • 11 kilometres below the ocean surface

  • would be a truly lonely place only three

  • people have ever been to the bottom in

  • all of human history and the last time

  • was in 2012. Strangely that

  • does mean that there have been four

  • times as many people that have been on

  • the surface of the moon than have been

  • to the bottom of the ocean but let's

  • take it back to distance for a moment

  • because the ocean is truly gargantuan

  • and far bigger than many of us realize

  • this point in the Arctic Ocean for

  • example is the furthest point in that

  • ocean away from any land. It is located

  • on a shifting pack of ice so a permanent

  • structure is impossible to build if you

  • were to ever reach here the closest

  • inhabited land would be Ellesmere

  • Island in Canada home to a population of

  • only 146 people the closest actual

  • settlement on that island price viewer

  • would be 1638 kilometers away from you

  • at this point further nobody has

  • actually ever reached this point yet in

  • all of history so if you want to become

  • an explorer and put your name down in

  • the history books alongside Magellan

  • then get out there and reach at first

  • and finally and most terrifying of all

  • the most remote point and farthest away

  • from the rest of humanity that you can

  • likely ever achieve is deep in the

  • Pacific Ocean which for reference on a

  • globe looks like this and almost takes

  • up half of everything you see this exact

  • point here is known as point Nemo and is

  • by far the most remote place on the

  • planet. The closest inhabited land to you

  • at this point would be Easter Island

  • which is a mind-boggling 2689 kilometers

  • away. To put that into perspective again

  • that is about sixty four percent of the

  • distance from the u.s. west coast to

  • east coast with not a single other

  • person and just vast empty ocean. If you

  • think that possibly some shipping routes

  • or cargo ships may pass by to help then

  • here is a map of what these trade routes

  • look like notice the dark points around

  • not only here but also the point that we

  • discussed earlier in the Arctic Ocean

  • and Bouvet Island over here the record

  • for the fastest time that anybody has

  • ever made it to point Nemo was on a boat

  • and it still took 15 days 10 hours and

  • 37 minutes to reach plus all of that

  • time to make it back from where they

  • originated from. It's weird to think that

  • if you were at this point sitting in a

  • boat alone the closest other humans to

  • you would actually be the astronauts

  • onboard the International Space Station

  • as they occasionally orbit the earth

  • above you

  • the station orbits on a maximum

  • of 416 kilometers above the Earth's

  • surface which is far closer than the

  • 2689 kilometers needed to reach Easter

  • Island in fact the space station would

  • be the closest humans to you at several

  • of these other locations as well but

  • here especially if you were stranded

  • then they would be too far away for help

  • the fastest anybody could possibly reach

  • you would take over 15 days the closest

  • help you could get yourself would be the

  • same as venturing nearly two-thirds of

  • the way across the united states and to