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As far as islands go, Bouvet is pretty insignificant—a speck of rock located in the South Atlantic Ocean over 1,600 kilometers off the coast of Antarctica. It is the most remote island in the world. Its nearest inhabited neighbor is Tristan da Cunha, an isolated spot by itself, located 2,260 kilometers away.

Bouvet Island is less than 50 square kilometers in size and is almost entirely covered by a glacier. But underneath that ice lies a fiery volcano that’s still warm to the touch, so to speak. Since the last eruption, some four thousand years ago, everything has frozen over. Now the island is home to thousands of penguins and dozens of species of seabirds. It also has a weather station, and its own top-level Internet domain.

Bouvet Island

Bouvet Island. Photo credit: Nodir Tursunzade/Shutterstock.com


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