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Finding the Arctic pole of inaccessibility

  • Gareth Rees (a1), Robert Headland (a1), Ted Scambos (a2) and Terry Haran (a2)


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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