Celebrate the world’s most extreme destinations

November 6, 2015

Exploring the Limits & the Beyond


Southern ENT would like to celebrate some of Mother Nature’s most extreme and wondrous destinations:


Closest to the moon

Mount Chimborazo, in the Andes, is a 20,000-plus-foot peak located on the Earth’s equatorial bulge. Chimborazo is not the highest mountain by elevation above sea level, but its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s centre.


Saltiest place on earth

Don Juan Pond is a small and very shallow hyper saline lake in the west end of Wright Valley (South Fork), Victoria Land, Antarctica, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) west from Lake Vanda. It is claimed that Don Juan Pond is over 18 times the ocean’s salinity, compared to the Dead Sea at 9.6 times that of the ocean. It is the only one of the Antarctic hyper saline lakes that almost never freezes, even at temperatures of -30⁰C.


Lowest place on earth

The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east, and Palestine and Israel to the west. Its surface and shores are 429 metres (1,407 ft) below sea level, making it Earth’s lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world but not the saltiest. It is 50kms long and 15 kms wide at its widest point. The Dead Sea water has a density of 1,240 kg/m3, which makes swimming similar to floating.

Did You Know: You need to wear shoes when you swim because of sharp salt crystals on the floor!


Hottest inhabited place on earth

Dallol, northern Ethiopia, currently holds the official record for the highest average temperature for an inhabited location on Earth. With an average annual temperature of 35°C recorded between the years 1960 and 1966, it has been described as a ghost town and is one of the most remote places on Earth. There are no roads and the only regular transport service is provided by camel caravans travelling to the area to collect salt. The annual average high temperature is 41 °C and the hottest month has an average high of 46.7 °C.


Coldest inhabited place on earth

The remote village of Oymyakon, Russia has an average -50 °C and 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. Wearing glasses outdoors can cause them to stick to the wearer’s face, most toilets are outhouses because frozen ground makes it difficult for working indoor plumbing, cars left outside must be kept running otherwise they may not restart, making heated garages a must. Planes cannot fly into the area in the winter!


World’s Northern Most City

Longyearbyen is the largest settlement in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The sun doesn’t rise for 4 months of the year, Reindeer wander through the town, residents are not allowed to keep cats as pets to protect Arctic birdlife and it’s illegal to die there as bodies don’t decompose because of the permafrost!


Natures greatest display

A mysterious, multicoloured show in which the Arctic night sky is suddenly lit up with a wondrous glow that twists and swirls like a heavenly lava lamp, the Northern Lights are one of nature’s greatest displays of wonderous beauty. Many viewers find it a humbling and spiritually uplifting experience. It has become a prime reason to fly north for a winter break, despite the often high costs and the cold.


Deepest ocean

Located in the western Pacific Ocean to the east of the Mariana Islands, the Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. Reaching a maximum-known depth of 10,994 m at the Challenger Deep, a small slot-shaped valley in its floor, at its southern end. At the bottom of the trench the water column above exerts a pressure of 1,086 bars (15,750 psi), over 1000 times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level.  However, it is not the closes closest to the centre of the Earth because of the shape of the earth. This makes parts of the Arctic Ocean closer to the Earth’s centre.


Take the journey to hearing

Since humans can only hear sounds between 20hz and 20kz, they are more likely to feel lower sounds rather than actually hear them. Imagine if that was the only way that you could experience music? Many people with hearing loss know this only too well. Southern ENT has the answer to hearing loss, take the journey to hearing with us and never miss a beat, even at the extremes.


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