25 of Earth’s Most Incredible Extremes

Posted by on December 31, 2012

Although as far as planets are concerned Earth is relatively moderate with regards to its climate and geography (good thing too!), there are places even in our own world that may surprise you with their level of extremeness. Whether it’s the coldest place on Earth or the deepest trench in the sea, get ready to have your mind blown by 25 of Earth’s most incredible extremes!


Hottest Inhabited Place – Dallol, Ethiopia

With an average daily temperature of 34.4 °C (93.9 °F), it should come as no surprise that these days the city little more than a ghost town.


Deepest Cave – Krubera Cave

Found in Abkhazia, the Krubera Cave is the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2000 meters.


Highest Point – Mount Everest

Reached by roughly 3,000 climbers since the 1950s, its summit elevation is 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level.


Point Farthest From The Earth’s Center – Chimborazo, Ecuador

Although the peak of Mount Everest is the highest point above sea level, because Earth bulges at its equator due to its rotation, the summit of Chimborazo in Ecuador is actually the point on Earth farthest from it’s center.


Most Remote Island – Bouvet Island

This small uninhabited Norwegian island in the South Atlantic Ocean is almost 1,000 miles from Antarctica and nearly 1,500 miles from South Africa.