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jan 05 2010

Map of the world's most remote spots

The darker areas on this map show the hardest to reach places (Courtesy New Scientist)

A nifty new world map created by researchers points out the most remote places on the planet.

Researchers calculated how much time it would take to travel to every location on the planet from cities of 50,000 or more people nearest each location, reports The New Scientist. If a location is hard to reach by train, road, or river because it's steep, densely jungled, or behind tightly controlled border crossings, it is ranked as especially hard to reach.

It turns out that less than 10 per cent of the world is more than 48 hours of ground-based travel from the nearest city.

Take a look at the map, where the darkest spots are the hardest-to-reach places. You may be surprised.

[The map was produced by researchers at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, and the World Bank.]

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