Point Nemo - The Point In The Ocean Furthest From Land

Point Nemo, also known as 'Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility', is the most remote ocean point from land that lies in South Pacific Ocean. The name 'Nemo' comes from a character in Jules Verne's 'Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea', Captain Nemo, a Latin name which itself translates to "no one."


Point Nemo(48°52.6′S 123°23.6′W) is located over 2,688 km (1,670 mi) equidistantly from the coasts of three far-flung islands. Ducie Island (one of the Pitcairn islands) is to the north, Motu Nui (of the Easter Island chain) is to the north-east and Maher Island (off the coast of Antarctica) is to the south.

Point Nemo was officially discovered in 1992 by survey engineer Hrvoje Lukatela using geotargetting software. As Point Nemo is so far from land, the nearest humans are often astronauts in International Space Station which orbits the Earth at 416km(258 mi) up in space.

The area is also known as a "spacecraft cemetery" because hundreds of decommissioned satellites, space stations, and other spacecraft have been deposited there upon re-entering the atmosphere. Point Nemo is relatively lifeless; its sits within the South Pacific Gyre, a massive rotating ocean current, which blocks cooler, nutrient-rich water from coming in and being so isolated from land masses, the wind does not carry much organic matter.

Sources:
en.wikipedia.org, bbc.com
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