25 of Earth’s Most Incredible Extremes
Posted by December 31, 2012on
With sub zero temperatures for 7 months out of the year, this town of 400 people suffers long and brutally cold winters.
With winds that regularly exceed 240 kilometres (150 mi) per hour and an average annual wind speed of 80 kilometres (50 mi) per hour, Commonwealth Bay is the windiest spot on Earth.
With a height of 3,211 feet this waterfall is the largest in the world. In fact, it’s so high that water evaporates before it even reaches the ground!
At 5,582 metres (18,314 ft) this pass in northern India is often considered to be the highest navigable road in the world.
The largest body of freshwater in the world is found between the United States and Canada with a size of 31,820 square miles.
With a coastline that stretches for 151,019 miles, if you were to walk its entire length at a pace of 20 km per day the journey would take you 33 years to complete.
Nearly 220 miles long and more than a mile deep, the Colorado River is responsible for carving out the world’s largest gorge.
Stretching for over 100 miles, this is by far the longest ice flow in the world.
With everyone always talking about the longest river in the world no one ever mentions anything about which one is the shortest. Well, no more. The Roe River that flows between Giant Springs and the Missouri River has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the shortest river on Earth at only 200 feet long.
Located at the bottom of the Marianas Trench 10,911 m (35,797 ft) below sea level only three people have ever reached the bottom.