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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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From what point could you view the most US states?

Mt Greylock, the highest point of Massachusetts provides a view of at least 5 states. Vermont New Hampshire New York Massachusetts Connecticut Hiking to the top gives one a sense of real ...
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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 this airliner-shaped lake real?

It does remotely look like an airplane as Google Maps / Earth reveals:
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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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Is this airliner-shaped lake real?

It's clearly visible in Google Maps, where you'll also notice that it is much larger than a real airliner. The human brain is very good at recognizing pattern, and in your case it identified this ...
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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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From what point could you view the most countries?

According to the website HeyWhatsThat, you can see seven countries from the summit of Ljuboten on the Kosovo-Macedonia border. The countries are: Kosovo Macedonia Albania (several peaks) Serbia (...
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From what point could you view the most US states?

Rock City, Lookout Mountain, GA. There were signs all over the Midwest (and probably South, and East, etc) for decades that claimed you could see seven states from Lookout Mountain, GA. I honestly ...
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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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Is this airliner-shaped lake real?

That's Pineview Reservoir. It has a three-fingered shape (or fuselage-and-wings shape) because it was built at the confluence of several streams. It is indeed a real body of water, but not ...
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From what point could you view the most countries?

I think the solution to this puzzle depends on small, mountainous countries. Switzerland tourism claims that you can see 6 countries from Säntis: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France ...
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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 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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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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From what point could you view the most US states?

While Four Corners would be the only one where 4 states visibility is guaranteed, on a clear day you can see 4 states from the Skydeck of Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago: On a clear day, you can ...
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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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From what point on the earth's surface could you view the most UK counties?

The Wrekin in Shropshire... Shropshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Gloucestershire, West Midlands, with Greater Manchester County if you count it as distinct from Lancashire. The Wrekin /ˈriːkɨn/ ...
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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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