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15 of the most remote places on Earth

By: Angela Nelson on March 2, 2017, 9:02 a.m.
Easter Island

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Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is technically part of Chile even though the remote island sits about 2,200 miles off the coast. Easter Island is far from even its closest neighbors: Tahiti is more than 2,600 miles away (many people fly to Easter Island from here); Pitcairn Island (from the previous slide) is 1,200 miles away; and the island of Mangareva, the largest of the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia, is about 1,600 miles away.

Easter Island is famous for its 887 monolithic statues, called moai, which were carved out of volcanic rock by indigenous Rapa Nui people between 1250 and 1500 A.D. The island is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with fewer than 6,000 residents.

Coincidentally, this remote island is the closest landmass to the oceanic pole of inaccessibility. Also known as Point Nemo, it's a location in the ocean (48°52.6′S 123°23.6′W) that is farthest from land. Point Nemo is more than 1,000 miles from the coasts of Easter Island, Ducie Island (one of the Pitcairn islands) and Maher Island off the coast of Antarctica.