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#66678 - 04/21/02 09:07 AM Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Mar 2000
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In a the "ocean" thread in Q&A, Jackie posted that she lived 650 miles from the sea.
That seems a long way to me as an island dweller. I have never lived more than a two hour drive from the sea and several times, since living in Scotland, have I seen the east and the west coast in the same day. So I looked up the distances and realised that it is impossible to live more than 90 miles from the sea in the UK. You could fit the whole length of Britain between Jackie and the ocean. I was wondering if that makes Jackie the furthest from the coast or do Sparteye, Tsuwm or Jazzo live further? Anyone else? I think most of the Australians on the board live, if not work (hi Stales) near the coast. I'm not sure if anyone is Asia or Africa is further.
Britain is just under 1,000 km (620m) long from the south coast of England to the extreme north of Scotland , and covers an area of about 242,000 sq km (96,800 sq miles). At its widest point, it is 500 km (310m) across.
It is impossible to be more than 90 miles from the shore.[Aside: I can’t find out the exact point, apart from “a village in South Derbyshire”or the distance – does anyone know?]
Mainland Scotland measures 78,789 sq km; 30,420 sq m. The maximum length on the mainland is between the Mull of Galloway in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, measuring 440km, 274 miles. The widest part of the mainland stretches from Applecross in the west to Buchan Ness in the east, measuring 248km, 154 miles. The narrowest part of Scotland is between the Firths of Forth and Clyde, measuring only 41km, 25 miles.
#66679 - 04/21/02 09:38 AM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Sep 2001
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Me from the sea? No, never, not me! The sea's inside of me,
Only about two and a half hours to the Atlantic...and the river's right down the road...and the pond is just down the hill...
#66680 - 04/21/02 12:06 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Oct 2000
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Over a mile under 2, to Long Island sound. (lets say 2k)
about 10 miles to the closest point of Atlantic ocean, favorite, about 25.
#66681 - 04/21/02 12:37 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Nov 2000
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Perth, Western Australia
Fearless (Meagan) lives in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The Alice is 1,500km (say +1,000 miles) from the nearest capital city, Darwin, which is a hop and a skip from the Timor Sea.
I wish she was here to claim the victory for herself....
#66682 - 04/21/02 02:31 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Apr 2000
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this too shall pass
coast-to-coast in the US is 2500+ miles (one of the shorter routes). my home is say 1100 air miles to NYC and 1400+ from Portland OR. sorry stales.
(the geographical center of US is somewhere in SD)
#66683 - 04/21/02 03:09 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Mar 2001
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I'm guessin', among th USns on the board, TEd Remington in Colorado...TEd?
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#66684 - 04/21/02 03:35 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Jan 2001
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Dear jmh: Over fifty years ago, there was a joke about the two Boston ladies dining on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. One cautioned the other: "Don't order any seafood, Agatha. Remember, we're three thousand miles from the ocean!"
On that basis, I am three thousand miles from the New England coast where I grew up.
#66685 - 04/21/02 04:11 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Jul 2000
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I'm a little east and a little closer to the sea than Jackie, so it's not me.
Tsuwm, what about the Hudson Bay? You're closer to that than the Atlantic, right? That's kind of like the sea.
And I think South Dakota is only the geographic center if you include Alaska, which doesn't do much for you if you're looking for distances from the ocean. I think the geographic center of the 48 contiguous is in Nebraska.
#66686 - 04/21/02 05:31 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Aug 2001
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tsuwm: my home [Minneapolis] is say 1100 air miles to NYC
1023 miles from NYC, tsuwm, but only 938 miles from Baltimore.
This would still give tsuwm the USA title over TEd in Denver. Though TEd is farther from San Francisco (963 miles), his outlet in Galveston, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico (922 miles) is just a bit closer than tsuwm's 938.
As jazzo notes, James Bay (at the southern tip of Hudson Bay) would knock tswum out of the running, if it counts.
[Figures from http://www.indo.com/distance]
#66687 - 04/22/02 06:20 AM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast? Joined: Mar 2000
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>Tsuwm, what about the Hudson Bay? You're closer to that than the Atlantic, right? That's kind of like the sea.
In the UK example that I gave, any salt water counts, which is why you have to include the Firth of Forth and Firth of Clyde. The Hudson bay would certainly count.
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