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Finding the Arctic pole of inaccessibility

  • Gareth Rees (a1), Robert Headland (a1), Ted Scambos (a2) and Terry Haran (a2)
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  • Published online: 13 August 2013

The Arctic pole of inaccessibility (API), defined as the point on the Arctic Ocean that is farthest from any land, is commonly asserted to lie at 84° 03′ N, 174° 51′ W. We show that the true position is 85° 48′ N, 176° 09′ E, over 200 km from the traditional location. The reason for this error is unknown.

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Polar Record
  • ISSN: 0032-2474
  • EISSN: 1475-3057
  • URL: /core/journals/polar-record
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