The Real Middle of Nowhere
from the book, "Petrified Lightning"

Petrified Lightning

The Real Middle of Nowhere

People often describe unfamiliar, uninhabited places, such as a remote section of the Mohave Desert, as being in the middle of nowhere. This phrase would seem to fit a large array of locales, anywhere on the planet, so long as the spot is barren, isolated, far from human habitation, and uniform and uninterrupted from horizon to horizon. It could be a desert, a jungle, a mountaintop, a wheat field, or even an ice floe.

There really is a "middle of nowhere." Scientists have identified a great expanse of nothing but water as the most remote spot in the world. This spot in the South Pacific at 48 degrees, 30 minutes south, and 120 degrees, 30 minutes west, 1,660 miles from the nearest land, is Pitcairn Island. The mutineers of the hms Bounty were lucky to have stumbled onto that two—square—mile piece of land, since collectively a total of 8,657,000 square miles of uninterrupted water surround it.