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What point on the main land of The Netherlands is furthest away from any buildings?

To know where you are the furthest from any building in the Netherlands is very simple. Buildings in The Netherlands First of all, you look where all the buildings in the Netherlands are. That is ...
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Is there anywhere you can go to the 180th meridian on foot?

Yes, on Taveuni Island, the third-largest island in Fiji, and a popular tourist destination. The 180 meridian is crossed by a road. This image is from Google Earth There is a nearby hotel called ...
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Is the 4 Corners Monument wrong, or is Google Maps wrong?

There was a discussion in a land surveying forum of how far off Google Earth was in various situations. Google Maps and Google Earth are not exactly the same product, but the discussion may be ...
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Is it possible to travel by car from Europe to Thailand?

In order to get from Europe to Thailand by car, you would have to pass through at least one of these three countries: Afghanistan, Iran, or China. Afghanistan: extremely dangerous and unstable. Out ...
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What point on the main land of The Netherlands is furthest away from any buildings?

Possibly het Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe (Saeftinghe's Drowned Land), depending on your exact criteria. The closest municipality is Emmadorp, which is around 5-6 km away from the furthest point in ...
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Why does it take longer to fly from London to Xi'an than to Beijing

As Nate Eldredge points out, the distances are about the same. It doesn't look like that on a conventional world map in cylindrical projection, but is less surprising if you look at a polar projection ...
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Why is the flight time of London-Beijing and Tel Aviv-Beijing the same?

In part this is due to flights from Tel Aviv avoiding some problem regions. But a larger part is that, while it is a 5 hour flight from London to Tel Aviv, flights from London to Beijing don't fly ...
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Is it possible to travel by car from Europe to Thailand?

It is actually possible. Definitely not easy but feasible. A friend of mine did this a little over 3 years ago, driving from Paris to Kuala Lumpur, passing through Russia, Mongolia and China. It took ...
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New Zealand infrastructure features

The numbers you are looking at are part of the New Zealand Location referencing system, a "linear referencing system for its state highway network." The overall system is described in Part B ...
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Is the 4 Corners Monument wrong, or is Google Maps wrong?

I am going to add a bit more background to Gerard Ashton's answer as my background is in mapping, surveying, and GIS. Gerard is absolutely correct. Whatever the original survey said is the location of ...
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From what point could you view the most countries?

Being from the Caribbean (Curaçao) and with a rough knowledge of the area's geography I figured one of our neighbors might come close to the 7 countries in Jørgen's answer. It's all small mountainous ...
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What's the least difference in longitude on a flight between a pair of IATA airports?

I have a database of OpenFlights data laying around from What's the quickest route between antipodes using regularly scheduled transit?, so let's put it to work. [an excruciatingly boring period ...
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From where in Ethiopia can I see the Red Sea?

Whether it is possible to see the Red Sea from Ethiopia depends on Air conditions Altitude Whether the view is blocked by other high-altitude land or not For the last two points we have the website ...
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Is there any kind of monument or marker for the Tropic of Cancer along the coast on the east side of Taiwan?

I think what you're looking for is Jing Pu Tropic of Cancer landmark. It's located just off route 11 and is marked on Google Maps as a landmark.
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Is it possible to travel by car from Europe to Thailand?

There are roads and famous journeys using them so it's possible in that sense (there is nothing like the Darién gap on the Eurasian landmass). Customs (for the car) and visas will not be trivial to ...
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What's the least difference in latitude on a flight between a pair of IATA airports?

Following the same procedure as the longitude question and the same elimination of nonsense and duplicates: SELECT ST_Y(source_geom) as src_y, ST_Y(destination_geom) as dst_y, abs(ST_Y(source_geom)-...
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Is the town of Continental Divide, New Mexico located on the actual continental divide?

Is the town of Continental Divide, New Mexico located on the actual continental divide? Yes. In Grants the Continental Divide Trail crosses a river. On the map you link to it can be seen about 8 ...
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Is there anywhere you can go to the 180th meridian on foot?

In Chukotka, far eastern Russia, there is a monument where the 180° meridian and the Arctic Circle meet, though getting there is apparently something of a trek; as the linked website states: If the ...
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From where in Ethiopia can I see the Red Sea?

Assumptions Let's make some assumptions: The question "how far can I see?" can be answered by asking "how far is it to the apparent horizon?" It is possible to calculate the distance from a point to ...
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What is the geometrically westernmost island in Alaska?

The next island east of Semisopochnoi Island (longitudinally) is Amatignak Island which is at 179° 6' 31" W. Wikipedia says The southernmost point of Alaska is on this island, as well as the ...
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Is the town of Continental Divide, New Mexico located on the actual continental divide?

The best answer to this question would be, it's close enough. The things is, the Continental Divide is not a geographic line*, it's a hydrological concept that separates the various eastern and ...
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What point on the main land of The Netherlands is furthest away from any buildings?

Being the farest away from any build up area while still being on open land that remains land 24/7, I bet it is in one of the polders, with your best bet on the area between Lelystad, Almere and ...
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Is there anywhere you can go to the 180th meridian on foot?

Clearly Antarctica. Either stroll around it at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (US), as many do, or take a skidoo from McMurdo or Scott Base (NZ) a little ways across the Ross Ice Shelf.
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Is the 4 Corners Monument wrong, or is Google Maps wrong?

The answer is somewhat interesting. The monument itself is the legal border, as defined by New Mexico v. Colorado, 267 U.S. 30 (1925) because it lies directly on the lines "as surveyed". ...
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Is it possible to travel by car from Europe to Thailand?

Answering the actual question asked: Are there any roads connecting mainland Europe, like Germany, with mainland Asia Thailand? Yes, there are. Google Maps will refuse to calculate a route from ...
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What's the easternmost place in Asia?

Tongue-in-cheek answer: The easternmost place in Asia is where the Russian Far East touches the 180° meridian. It’s actually a line of over 400 km (estimated by grabbing coordinates from the southern ...
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What is the city center of Paris?

We don't do specific recommendation on this site, so the best we can do is give you some ideas of places to look for cheaper accomodations. For purposes of expensive accomodation, you can consider ...
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Is the 4 Corners Monument wrong, or is Google Maps wrong?

I don't know whether this is helpful, but below is a picture of my GPS (unfortunately without coordinates shown) from the middle of the monument at Four Corners. When I was there (in 2005) I recall ...
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I've been told one state in the US is the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost state. How to visit the points?

The answer depends on how the question is asked. GPS coordinates (i.e., longitude and latitude) are: Pochnoi Point, Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska 51°57'42"N 179°46'23"E Amatignak Island, Alaska 51°16'7"...
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Why is the flight time of London-Beijing and Tel Aviv-Beijing the same?

The great circle distance from LHR to PEK is 8174km and the scheduled flight time is 10:10 (British Airways). The great circle distance from TLV to PEK is 7155km and the scheduled flight time is 9:20. ...
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