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How scientists are using algorithms to calculate the world’s longest straight lines

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 Longest sailable straight line on Earth, as suggested by Reddit user kepleronlyknows.
Longest sailable straight line on Earth, as suggested by Reddit user kepleronlyknows. Image: Reddit
 Algorithmically correct: the world's longest sailable straight line goes from Pakistan to Kamchatka
Algorithmically correct: the world's longest sailable straight line goes from Pakistan to Kamchatka Image: Chabukswar & Mukherjee
A long walk indeed, but a straight one: Portugal to China
A long walk indeed, but a straight one: Portugal to China Image: Chabukswar & Mukherjee

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 Strangely enough, the direction from Portugal to China is due northeast
Strangely enough, the direction from Portugal to China is due northeast Image: Google Earth
 Steppe by steppe...
Steppe by steppe... Image: Google Earth
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