Tristan da Cunha

October 22, 2010 Comments Off on Tristan da Cunha

I have been obsessed with this island, dubbed the geographically remotest place on earth, for a long time. Its inhabitants established a form of modern communism, its symmetrical map with the volcanic peak in the exact middle is a visual gem, and has provided hours of Google Earth exploration. Tristan has a heart-shaped crater lake, a beach called Runaway Beach, is only accessible by boat, and used to be called “Islands of Refreshment”. Currently, 275 people live there. (Sources: 1 2 3 4)

In related news, Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands is now available in English, and highly recommended.

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