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The Most Extreme Conditions Ever Seen on Earth

November 16, 2008
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The Fastest Recorded Wind Speed Near Earth’s Surface

Oklahoma, United States – 318 MPH

The Driest Place on Earth

The Dry Valleys of Antartica – Rain-free for 2 million years and counting

The Hottest Recorded Temperature

Lut Desert of Iran – 159 F

The Coldest Recorded Temperature

Antarctica – 129 F below zero

The lowest temperature ever recorded on earth was -129 F recorded in 1983 at the Russian Base Vostok in Antarctica. Antarctica, a continent owned by no one, covers the southern end of our globe.

The Most Rainfall in 24 Hours

La Reunion Island, Indian Ocean – 6ft 2in

As you can see by the image below, this volcanic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean could use the rainfall. They just weren’t expecting to get over 6 ft in a day.

The Longest Bolt of Lightning Ever Recorded

From Waco to Dallas, Texas, United States – 118 Miles Long

The Largest Volcanic Eruption

La Garita Caldera in SW Colorado, United States – 1,200 cu miles

The Deepest Place on Earth

Mariana Trench, Pacific Ocean – 6.77 miles

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