The extremes of the Earth

Places where you probably don't want to be

The Earth is full of incredible places, but there are some that are so extreme you may not even want to believe they actually exist. If you'd like to read about some of the most unique places on Earth, just read on!


The Antarctica is clearly an extreme place (Photo:

The Antarctica is clearly one of the most beautiful, yet most extreme places on Earth. There you can find the Vostok Station belonging to Russian land, which is not only extremely hard to reach, but is also the place where the coldest temperature ever on Earth was recorded. On 21 July 1983, there were some -89.2 degrees Celsius, which is not something you usually see on our planet.

In the Northern territory of Chile, there's the driest place on Earth - namely, the Atacama desert. It reaches up to 41,000 square miles. What's really interesting is that this huge desert is still home to a lot of species, and when it rains, the whole land is covered in colors, as many flowering plants grow to show their true beauty once the weather conditions are ideal. The Atacama desert is really a place of extremes!

The world's most remote inhabited island, the Tristan da Cunha is found in the South Atlantic Ocean, as part of a group of volcanic islands. In 2009, only 275 people lived there, and even though it may sound great, outsiders can't buy property on the island, as everything is communally owned there. Yet, tourists can visit this interesting little island.

Bolivia also gives home to some incredible places, one of which is the Salar de Uyuni, a place that is almost all covered in salt. The huge salt flat is about 4,000 square miles, and was born when the prehistoric lakes evaporated.

As many people know, the Mount Everest is the highest place on Earth, where the conditions are so extreme that people were not able to conquer it for centuries, and even today, many fail to reach the mountain top alive. The highest peak is 8848 meters above the sea level, but there are hardly any life above 8000 meters, because animals and plants couldn't really adapt to these heights. Yet, a few hundred meters below, there are many interesting species, and both the flora and the fauna is wonderfully diverse.

Anita D.

November 2019