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Most Extreme Places to Visit
1. Most extreme places to visit
Click through to find out some of the most extreme places on Earth for the jaded traveler to visit. And no were not talking about snowboarding or skydiving. Click to find out more.
2. COLDEST OYMYAKON RUSSIA
Named after the Oymyakon River this rural district in the Republic of Sakha is believed to be the coldest permanently inhabited spot in the world. The lowest recorded temperature was 67.7 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) on Feb. 6 1933. The average winter temperature stays below 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).
3. MOST REMOTE TRISTAN DA CUNHA BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORY
Discovered by Portuguese explorer Trist?o da Cunha in 1506 the island is the remotest inhabited archipelago in the world. Accessible only by a sevenday boat journey from Cape Town in South Africa the islands lie 1500 miles (2430 kilometers) from St. Helena 1750 miles (2816 kilometers) from South Africa and 2088 miles (3360 kilometers) from South America.
4. HOTTEST DALLOL ETHIOPIA
A ghost town today the erstwhile mining town of Dallol holds the record of highest annual average temperature 34.6 degrees Celsius (94.3 degrees Fahrenheit) for an inhabited place on Earth. Due to its proximity to the Equator and its location in a volcanically active region the place doesnt get any respite from the heat ever.
5. RAINIEST MAWSYNRAM INDIA
Famously known as the wettest place on Earth the village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives more than 467 inches (1186 centimeters) of rain annually. It is also home to the centuriesold living root bridges that are grown by the locals.
6. SCARIEST THE ISLAND OF THE DOLLS MEXICO
The Telegraph lists La Isla de las Mu?ecas or the Island of the Dolls in Xochimilco as one of the scariest places on Earth. The island is filled with old tattered dolls hanging from the trees. Legend has it that after a young girl drowned in a nearby canal the islands caretaker Julian Santana Barrera began collecting discarded dolls to ward off evil spirits.
7. NEAREST TO SPACE MOUNT CHIMBORAZO ECUADOR
Standing at over 20000 feet (over 6000 meters) Ecuadors highest peak is definitely shorter than Mount Everest (29000 feet high or 8848 meters). But Mount Chimborazos location near the equatorial bulge makes it the farthest point from the center of the Earth and the closest to outer space that man can ever reach on foot.
8. WETTEST VICTORIA FALLS ZAMBIA AND ZIMBABWE
Described by UNESCO as the ?largest curtain of falling water in the world about 165 million gallons (625 million liters) of water flow over the Victoria Falls into the Zambezi River every minute during rainy season. The falls produce a mist that can be spotted from over a dozen miles (20 kilometers) away a sight that will stay with its visitors forever.
9. DARKEST REYKJAVIK ICELAND
Reykjavik has the distinction of being the worlds northernmost capital and records the shortest hours of daylight during its sixmonthlong winter season. December 21 records the shortest sun sighting: only four hours seven minutes. The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights however light up the citys skies during these months.
10. DRIEST ATACAMA DESERT CHILE
The Atacama Desert which lies next to the Pacific Ocean is the driestknown place in the world. It did not see a single drop of rain from October 1903 to January 1918 the longest rainless period in recorded history. According to both NASA and National Geographic the deserts soil is comparable to that of Mars.
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