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    Longest Straight Line Paths on Water or Land on the Earth



    Longest straight-line ocean path on planet Earth calculated.



    Longest driveable straight line path on Earth.

    https://phys.org/news/2018-05-longes...aign=item-menu


    There has been some interest recently in determining the longest distance one can sail for on the earth without hitting land, as well as in the converse problem of determining the longest distance one could drive for on the earth without encountering a major body of water. In its basic form, this is an optimisation problem, rendered chaotic by the presence of islands and lakes, and indeed the fractal nature of the coasts. In this paper we present a methodology for calculating the two paths using the branch-and-bound algorithm.

    https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.07389

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jovialis View Post


    Longest straight-line ocean path on planet Earth calculated.



    Longest driveable straight line path on Earth.

    https://phys.org/news/2018-05-longes...aign=item-menu
    Pretty cool. :)

    Anyone attempting it would still be beaten by Magellan, and imagine what sailing on one of those little ships must have been like. Hats off to them.






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