The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the official highest recorded surface temperature of 56.7°C (134°F) was measured on July 10, 1913, at Greenland Ranch (Death Valley) CA, USA.
Oymyakon’s lowest recorded temperature was a frigid minus 71.2 C (minus 96.16 F) back in 1924. The remote village is generally considered the coldest inhabited area on Earth. Oymyakon is a two-day drive from Yakutsk, the regional capital which has the lowest winter temperatures of any city in the world.
The average rainfall is about 15 mm (0.6 in) per year. The Atacama Desert (Spanish: Desierto de Atacama) is a plateau in South America, covering a 1,000-kilometre (600 mi) strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains. It is the driest non-polar desert in the world.
n annual rainfall of more than 467 inches gives Mawsynram the title of “wettest place on Earth.”
Kilauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, is the world’s most active volcano. Its latest eruption began in 1983 and it hasn’t stopped since. Since that time it has created 544 acres of new land and has consumed 200 homes.
- Maximum annual snowfall:1,122 inches (93.5 ft/28.5 m) fell during the winter of 1971-1972 and set the record for snowfall in that year.
- Minimum annual snowfall: A new record was set in 2014-2015 with only 266 inches (22.2 ft/6.7 m) of snow.
Forty thousand years ago, the Altiplano (high plateau) of Bolivia was covered by a vast lake, Lake Minchin. When the lake dried up, it left behind two large salt deserts. Salar de Uyuni, the larger of the two, contains an astounding 10 billion tons of salt and covers over 4,000 square miles. That makes it the largest salt flat in the world, more than 20 times bigger than America’s largest, in Death Valley.
Tokyo-Yokohama grew to 37.8 million residents, the largest urban area population ever recorded.
Tokyo was named as the safest city in the world by The Economist.
The surface and shores of the Dead Sea are423 meters (1,388 ft) below sea level, making it Earth’s lowest elevation on land. 2. The Dead Sea is 377 m (1,237 ft) deep, making it the deepest hypersaline lake in the world.
At 2,197 meters (7,208 feet) the Krubera cave is the deepest on Earth. Located in the Arabika Massif, of the Western Caucasus in Abkhazia, Georgia, it extends for 13.432 kilometers (8,346 miles.)
Angel Falls — also known as El Salto Ángel — is located in southeastern Venezuela’s Canaima National Park and is the tallest waterfall on Earth. It stands at 3,212 feet tall, with water pouring down from a flat-topped plateau called Auyán-Tepuí (“Devils Mountain” in English).
Singapore is the world’s most expensive city for the third year running, having deposed Tokyo in 2013.
London has grown its tourist count to become the second most visited city in the world, overtaking Bangkok and Singapore.
Chimborazo is an inactive volcano located in the Andes mountain range in Ecuador with a peak elevation of 6,268.2 meters. What makes Chimborazo so special, apart from being the highest location in Ecuador, is that its peak is the furthest point from the center of the Earth, and not Mount Everest as many would believe to be. This is due to Chimborazo’s location along the equatorial bulge of the planet.
The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest. Its peak rises to 8,848 m (29,028 ft 9 in) – the highest point in the world.
First known as Peak XV on the Tibet – Nepal border, it was discovered to be the world’s highest mountain in 1856 by the Survey Department of the Government of India, from theodolite readings taken in 1849 and 1850.
Located in the south Atlantic Ocean, the 8-mile-wide British overseas territory is the most remote populated island in the world. The nearest mainland city, 1,743 miles east, is Cape Town in South Africa. The journey from there takes seven days by boat—traveling by air is not an option, as there is no airport on the island.
Guinness Book of World Records gave its “Smallest Island” award to Bishop Rock, the westernmost of the Isles of Scilly, which lie off Britain’s southwestern tip, the peninsula of Cornwall. Bishop Rock is much too small to pasture anything: at low tide, it’s a rocky ledge 46 meters long and 16 meters long, about the size of three tennis courts.
During winter months at Commonwealth Bay, a concentrated flow of freezing air, known as katabatic wind, is responsible for wind gusts up to 150 mph.
Denmark took the top spot on the United Nation’s World Happiness Report, 2013 & 2014 & 2016 and came in third in the 2015 report. In 2016, Denmark is once again ranked no. 1 in The World Happiness Report. Different aspects are involved when studies are carried out measuring the extent of happiness.