The One Minute Geographer: This Fragile Earth (5) Antipodes

Jim Fonseca
3 min readFeb 9, 2022
Map of antipodes from

When I grew up kids used to talk about ‘digging a hole to China.’ I imagine that comes from China being in the Northern Hemisphere on the opposite side of the globe from the United States. Maybe kids still say that. (More on that at the end of this post.)

But a real ‘antipode’ is the point on the earth exactly opposite another point going through the center of…

Jim Fonseca

Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.