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The world's most extreme places
Posted on 12/05/2016

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From the coldest point on the planet to the city with the longest name, these are the most superlative places on Earth.

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  • The world's highest waterfall: Angel Falls, Venezuela
    The world's highest waterfall: Angel Falls, Venezuela

    Angel Falls in Venezuela measures a staggering 979 metres. Its height was officially confirmed in 1949 by American journalist Ruth Robertson.

  • The world's deepest cave: Krubera, Georgia
    The world's deepest cave: Krubera, Georgia

    This cave's full name is Krubera-Vonja and was discovered in Georgia in 1960. Since then it has been explored in stages by various teams, the first of which managed to descend to just -180 metres. As exploration continued, its depth also continued to grow and finally reached -2,196 metres in 2012.

  • The coldest place on Earth: Vostok, Antarctica
    The coldest place on Earth: Vostok, Antarctica

    It was here in Vostok that the coldest temperature on Earth was ever recorded. On July 21 1983, thermometres fell to -89.2°C.

  • The hottest place on Earth: Death Valley, USA
    The hottest place on Earth: Death Valley, USA

    The highest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 56.6°C in California's Death Valley in 1913.

  • The rainiest place in the world: Mawsynram, India
    The rainiest place in the world: Mawsynram, India

    Despite preconceived notions about the UK's never-ending rain clouds, one village in India has it far worse. Mawsynram receives on average 12,000 mm of rain every year, whilst London arrogates roughly 594 mm.

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Have you ever asked yourself where the warmest place on Earth is? Or which country possesses the longest coastline? The world's most extreme places may seem too exotic for a standard summer holiday, but many of them are more suitable than you might think.

Apart from Antarctica, perhaps...

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