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The most extreme places and things in the world (31 pictures)

From the Earth’s highest spot to its coldest place, meet some of the most extremes places and things of the globe.


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The Coco de Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) - the largest seed in the world (Seychelles)

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Colca Canyon (Colombia) - the deepest canyon in the world

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Mount Washington Observatory - the windiest place in the World (USA)

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The Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

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Karl-Marx-Hof, Vienna, Austria - the longest residential building in the world (1100m, 0.68 mile)

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The Jack Hills of Western Australia are the home of the oldest known minerals on Earth

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Seoul (Korea) - the most populous city in the world (Density 17,000/km2 (45,000/sq mi))

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Biggest purely vertical drop: Mount Thor, Nunavut (1,250 m (4,101 ft))

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Biggest purely vertical drop: Mount Thor, Nunavut (1,250 m (4,101 ft))

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Rafflesia arnoldii (Indonesia) - the largest parasitic flower in the world (1 meter (3 ft) in diameter. It can weigh up to 11 kg)

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Rafflesia arnoldii (Indonesia) - the largest parasitic flower in the world (1 meter (3 ft) in diameter. It can weigh up to 11 kg)

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The Krubera Cave (or the Voronya Cave), Georgia - the deepest cave in the world (2,197 m (7,208 ft))

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The Krubera Cave (or the Voronya Cave), Georgia - the deepest cave in the world (2,197 m (7,208 ft))

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Roe River (Montana, USA) - the shortest river in the world (61 meters or 201 feet)

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Vredefort crater (South Africa) - the largest crater in the World (diameter of roughly 300 km (190 mi))

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Scoresby Sund (Greenland) - the largest and longest fjord system in the world (length 350 km or 218 mi, 1450 m deep (4,760 ft))

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Bishop Rock (Sicily) - the world's smallest island with a building on it (the building of the lighthouse on the island was started in 1847 and completed in 1858. It is 49m (167 ft) in height)

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Lake Manitou (Canada) - the largest lake on a lake island in the world (has an area of about 104 square kilometres (40 sq mi))

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Red Sea - the warmest and saltiest sea in the world

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Indonesia - the largest archipelago in the world (consists of 5 large and 30 groups of islands, the total number of islands is 17,508)

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Lake Titicaca (the border of Peru and Bolivia, South America) - the most high-navigable lake in the world (a surface elevation of 3,812 m (12,507 ft), the maximum depth 281 m (922 ft))

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Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth (10,971 m below sea level)

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Everest (Nepal) - the highest point of the world (8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level)

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El Azizia (Libya) - the hottest place on earth (the record set September 13, 1922 - 57.8 °C (136 °F))

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The station "Vostok" (Antarctica) - the coldest place on Earth (The lowest reliably measured temperature on Earth of −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F) was in Vostok on 21 July 1983)

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Mawsynram (India) – The wettest place on earth (an annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres (467.4 in)). Mawsynram received 26,000 millimetres (1,000 in) of rainfall in 1985.

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Atacama Desert (Chile) - the driest place on Earth (0.04 inches of rain a year. In some parts of the desert it has not rained for 400 years!)

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Mill Ends Park (Portland, OR, USA) - the smallest park in the world (introduced in 1948, consists of a circle diameter of 61 centimeters (2 ft), the area of 0.29 sq. m.)

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Angel Waterfall of Venezuela - the highest waterfall in the world (979 m (3,212 ft))

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Mauna Kea (Hawaii) - the highest mountain in the world (from the top to bottom it is 33,100 ft (10,100 m) high)

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Lake Baikal (Russia) - the deepest lake in the world (1,642 m (5,387 ft) at the deepest point)