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Physical distance used to dictate how remote a place was, but no longer. Now that there are airlines reaching around the globe, bullet trains, Autobahn-like superhighways and go-fast boats, the remoteness of the location is measured by how good the transportation is between here and there. In the map above, the darker a location is, the harder it is to get there.
Created by the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Italy and the World Bank, the map started out as a model based on how long it would take to travel from each point to a city with a population of 50,000.
Just be happy you're not in Tibet, the most remote place in the world — you'll travel three weeks to get to a city of any decent size, including 20 days on foot. And we thought the Midwest was in the boondocks.
Very little of the world's land can now be thought of as inaccessible, according to a new map of connectedness.