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15 of the most remote places on Earth

By: Angela Nelson on March 2, 2017, 9:02 a.m.
Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands

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Pitcairn Islands

The Pitcairn Islands, a group of four volcanic islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean, are part of the British Overseas Territory in the Pacific. Only one, Pitcairn Island, is inhabited — only 50 people live on the two-square-mile landmass, and most of the residents descend from folks with a somewhat shady reputation. "The people of Pitcairn are descended from the mutineers of HMAV (Her Majesty's Armed Vessel) Bounty and their Tahitian companions," according to the government website.

The population has declined in recent years after the island was hit by a child sexual abuse controversy in 2004, when six men were imprisoned for sexual offenses, including the mayor, The Telegraph reports. The government previously tried to give land away to anyone who would move there, but only one person applied.