Kifuka – place where lightning strikes most often

Frequency of lightning strikes in tropical belt of Earth, 1998 - 2010

Wonder Kifuka – place where lightning strikes most often   In short The small and otherwise undistinguished Kifuka village in remote part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo became world famous in 2004 – 2005: the data obtained from NASA’s Lightning Imaging Sensor confirmed that nowhere else in the world lightning strikes that often as […]

Yungay – the driest place in the world

Landscape near Antofagasta, not too far from Yungay, Chile

Wonder Yungay – the driest place in the world   In short One of the driest places on Earth is Atacama Desert but the driest place in this desert is found near Yungay – abandoned mining town. This is a highly unusual place that has attracted the attention of astrobiologists due to the high similarity to […]

Gandom Beryan in Lut Desert – hottest place on Earth

Plain in Lut Desert, Iran. This is not Gandom Beryan but has similarities, including lack of life

Wonder Gandom Beryan in Lut Desert – the hottest place on Earth   In short There are several contenders for the title “The hottest place on Earth” but Gandom Beryan in Lut Desert, Kerman province is one of the few where this is proven with scientific methods. Rating 43.8% GPS coordinates 31.0562 N 57.6548 E Location, […]

Poas Volcano and Laguna Caliente

Laguna Caliente in Poás crater in white color

Wonder Poas Volcano and Laguna Caliente   In short There are many interesting volcanos around the world but few are as interesting as Poas volcano in Costa Rica. Judge yourselves: Volcano is active nearly continuously; Main crater contains one of the most acidic lakes of the world – Laguna Caliente – which often changes color; Laguna […]

Katabatic winds at Commonwealth Bay

Storm at Mawson Hut, Antarctica

Wonder Katabatic winds at Commonwealth Bay   In short The chief meteorologist of Douglas Mawson’s expedition to Commonwealth Bay C.T.Madigan wrote in 1913: " For nine months of the year an almost continuous blizzard rages, and for weeks one can only crawl about outside the shelter of the hut unable to see an arm’s length owing […]

Ridge A – the best place for astronomy research on Earth

Wonder Ridge A – the best place for astronomy research on Earth   In short If somebody would like to get the most exciting results of astronomical research without leaving the Earth, Ridge A is the exact place to install his astronomical equipment. But it seems that no people so far have been in this place. […]

Dome A – coldest place on Earth

This is Dome C, 1200 km from Dome A, taken from 32 m height. Landscape at Dome A looks the same. Antarctica

Wonder Dome A – coldest place on Earth   In short The eventual coldest place on Earth is located on one of the highest places of Antarctica – on Dome A (Dome Argus). Thus far the lowest measured temperature reached here -82.5°C (July 2005) but scientists consider that it might fall even as low as -102°C. […]

Cherrapunji (Sohra)

335 m tall Nohkalikai Falls falling from Cherrapunji plateau are fed just by 2 km long stream. Without heavy rains it would be much smaller

Wonder Cherrapunji (Sohra)   In short Nearly all schoolbooks around the world mention a remote village in India – Cherrapunji. For many years this was considered to be the wettest place of the world. Now the title goes to nearby Mawsynram and there are other serious contenders. Whatever, Cherrapunji is extraordinary and beautiful place. Rating 45.4% […]

Mawsynram

Wonder Mawsynram   In short Although up to recent times the nearby Cherrapunji plateau was considered to be the wettest place of the world with the highest rainfall. Mawsynram though gets more rain and thus far holds the semi-official world record of the highest average annual rainfall in the world – 11,872 mm. Rating 34.0% GPS […]