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Top 10 Most Extreme Environments

Ever wondered where the world’s most extreme environments are?  The hottest, the coldest, the wettest – the deepest under the sea?

Well our friends at have put together the Top 10 Most Extreme Environments.

Here’s a sneak peak at the top 4 – click the link below for the full 10.

© Photo Courtesy of ‘Roberdan’, Wikimedia Commons

Hottest Place on Earth

El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 57.8 Celsius on Sept. 13, 1922 — the hottest ever measured.

Source: National Climatic Data Center 

Coldest Place on Earth

The coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -89.4 Celsius at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.

Source: National Climatic Data Center 


Highest Place Above Sea Level

Mount Everest, at 8850 metres above sea level

Source: National Climatic Data Center 

© Courtesy of ‘Kmusser’, Wikimedia Commons
Deepest Known Point on Earth

The deepest known point on Earth is at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The bottom of the trench is believed to be more than 10.668 kilometres below sea level.

Source: National Climatic Data Center 

Click here to see the next 6 which includes:

  • Lowest point on land
  • Driest place on earth
  • Wettest place on earth
  • Windiest place on earth (which featured in our Video segment yesterday – click here to view)
  • Most lightning strikes on earth
  • Dustiest place on earth



T.C on 10/11/2010 9:59am

I like some other facts including:
Fastest temperature rise in 2 minutes was 27 degrees Celsius ( like canterbury’s NW on steroids!)
And lowest drop in 15 minutes was 26 degrees.

RW on 9/11/2010 8:19pm

Unfortunately, the Azizia claim keeps reappearing. It has long been discredited, along with a large collection of dodgy numbers. The Death Valley 134F value in 1913 is regarded as extremely doubtful. There is in fact not a single reading over about 130F (54.5C) that is “solid”.

This link gives an excellent commentary on the matter:

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