There is no question that we are a social species. Humans, for the most part, revel in the company of others; indeed we are at greatest risk when we are alone. The infographic below highlights how many lonely places are still left on our crowded planet, places where a small mishap can rapidly escalate into a life threatening situation. Take comfort in company and spare a thought for those souls who, even now, are wandering along in the desert…
The data provided shows the most isolated towns and the distance to the nearest settlement of any size.
We have also marked the areas that result in the most fatalities per year due to environmental factors (Dehydration, starvation, exposure, etc). Appendix one displays causes of death in the Californian wilderness whilst Appendix 2 shows the extremes of temperatures upon the earth.