Have you ever wondered who exactly is standing on the opposite side of the world to you?
The answer is probably no one.
When I was young there was a story that if you dug a hole deep enough for you to come out on the other side of the Earth and that you would probably appear in China. However, this week I found out the true reason of why this is almost impossible from most places on the world’s surface.
Because of the proportion of the world that is covered in water there are very few antipodes around the world. Antipodes exist when two land masses are on opposite sides of the world of each other.
This is extremely rare because much of the northern hemisphere is covered by land where is much of the Southern Hemisphere is covered by the oceans.
If you look at the map above you’ll see the reflected Continents shown in black and white, with only the green areas representing Antipodes where both areas are covered by land.
You can also use this tool to try and find out what is on the opposite side of the world from you right now:
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