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Kiribati the end of the world

A panel of experts has identified the island nation of Kiribati as the world's most remote location.

The island nation of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean is the most remote location on the globe, or the 'end of the world', a panel of experts has concluded.

Researchers including cartographers and explorers, who were commissioned by Disney to carry out the study to mark the DVD release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, chose Kiribati on the basis of its isolation, unusual location and unpredictable weather conditions.

The island nation is more than 14 hours by plane and over 2,500 miles from the nearest land mass.

Lead panellist and explorer Tom Avery said: "Having been to the top and bottom of the world, Disney approached me to help locate the very remotest places on the planet. We identified a number of different locations but to me it is the Pacific islands of Kiribati that are truly at the end of the world."

He added: "As the only nation on earth that straddles the equator and borders the International Date Line, Kiribati is the first place in the world to see the sun rise."

Steve Chilton, chairman of the Society of Cartographers, described Kiribati as "an incredibly remote spot", with thousands of miles between it and its closest neighbours, Australia and Hawaii.

Other locations considered in the course of the research included the Bermuda Triangle, Cape Horn and the North Pole.

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