Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Southern Pole of Inaccessibility

Of interest mainly to the wild adventurers known as Explorers, a Pole of Inaccessibility is the geographic place that is the farthest from any point of access. For example, the North American Pole of Inaccessibility is in South Dakota, and is over 1000 miles from the ocean in any direction. Every continent, both poles, and the ocean in general have Poles of Inaccessibility.

By far the most difficult and interesting Pole of Inaccessibility is the Southern, the point in the Antartic most distant from the coast. Because of the ice shelves this point is not readily apparent, however the Soviet Union solved this ambiguity by establishing a base there. Presiding over the base, the statue of Lenin still stands 20 feet above the entrance to the hut. Inside is a golden guest book, just waiting for the next explorer to enter their name. Recent travelers there have harnessed the wind by using kites to power their journey.

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