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Top 15 Most Extreme Places On Earth

The Earth is the only planet circling our sun on which life as we know it does exist. The diversity of life on Earth today is the result of its correct distance from the sun, its composition, molten core, well protected atmosphere and right amount of water. But there are places on Earth that make survival really difficult.

Look4ward prepared a list of the most hostile places around the world. Take a visual walk through the coldest, hottest, driest and simply harshest spots of our planet.

The lowest elevation in the world: Dead Sea.

Salt buildup on the shores of the Dead Sea (Image Source)

The Dead Sea is approximately 1,360 feet below sea level and is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water.

The highest elevation in the world: Mount Everest, China–Nepal border.

Mount Everest

At 29,028 feet tall, Mount Everest is considered to have the highest elevation in the world. The mountain was named after the surveyor-general of India from 1830 to1843 — Col. Sir George Everest. Ironically, Everest actually pronounced his name “Eve-rest”.

The highest waterfall in the world: Angel Falls, Venezuela.

Angel Falls in Venezuela (Image Source)

At 3,212 feet tall, Angel Falls is known the tallest waterfall on planet Earth.

The farthest point from the Earth’s center: Chimborazo, Ecuador.

Ecuador ChimborazoChimborazo, Ecuador

While Mount Everest is the tallest point measured from sea level, the Earth isn’t a perfect sphere. If we calculate the farthest point from the Earth’s center, the winner would be Chimborazo, Ecuador.

The deepest underwater cave on Earth, Czech Republic

Divers at entry of underwater cave (Image Source)

The most recent expedition  led by Polish diver Krzysztof Starnawski managed to reach a depth of 404 metres (1,325 feet) in the underwater cave Hranická Propast in the Czech Republicusing, using  a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which makes it 12 meters deeper than the second deepest underwater cave that we know of – Italy’s Pozzo del Merro.

The deepest cave in the world: Krubera Cave, Abkhazia, Georgia.

Krubera Cave, Abkhazia, Georgia (Image Source)

Since its initial exploration in 1956, Krubera Cave has been mapped at 7,208 feet deep and 8 miles long.

The coldest place in the world: Vostok Station, Antarctica.

The Russian station Vostok, sits on the polar plateau. The coldest temperature ever recorded on earth was -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Vostok in 1983. (Image Source)

The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was -128.5°F (-89.2°C) on July 21, 1983, at this old Soviet Union outpost in the middle of Antarctica.

The coldest inhabited place in the world: Oymyakon, Russia.

Near Oymyakon in Yakutia, Russia (Image Source)

Winter temperatures in Oymyakon can drop as low as -58°F (-50°C), while the lowest recorded temperature for the town was -96.16°F (-71.2°C), in 1924.

The hottest place in the world: Death Valley, California.

Death Valley

According to the World Meteorological Organization, the hottest temperature ever recorded occurred in Death Valley in 1913, clocking in at a scorching 134°F (56.6°C)!

The most remote island in the world: Tristan da Cunha, Saint Helena.

tristan_da_cunha_asterTristan da Cunha, Saint Helena

The city nearest to Tristan da Cunha is Cape Town, located nearly 1,743 miles away in South Africa.

The flattest place in the world: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) (Image Source)

The Salar de Uyuni salt flat covers about 4,000 square miles and contains about 10 billion tons of salt.

The world’s most active volcano: Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii.

Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii

In 1983, Mt. Kilauea erupted on the southern part of the island of Hawaii and hasn’t stopped since! It’s destroyed over 200 homes, but created over 544 acres of new land.

The windiest place in the world: Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

commonwealth_bay_antarcticaCommonwealth Bay, Antarctica

During winter months at Commonwealth Bay, a concentrated flow of freezing air, known as katabatic wind, is responsible for wind gusts up to 150 mph.

The driest place in the world: Atacama Desert, Chile.

Atacama desertAtacama Desert, Chile

In over 37 years, it’s only rained here four times. The landscape of Quillagua, Chile, is so dry that NASA decided that it would be the perfect location to test its Mars rover.

The wettest place in the world: Mawsynram, India.

Geography Life Scene Meghalaya India (Image Source)

Mawsynram receives annual rainfall of about 467 inches!

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