Deep in the heart of South Australia lies a small town called Coober Pedy. In addition to its unusual name, it might be one of the strangest places in the world to live: Over half of its 2,000 residents live underground.
The reason for this subterranean existence? The summer temperatures are too harsh for people to withstand. At that time of year, the temps soar to a whopping 104 degrees Farenheit, and water is in short supply. To read more of the Coober Pedy story, and to see these spooky underground residences, check out the story below.
The town of Coober Pedy has been around for decades, but there's not much left on the surface.
So how did it all begin? In 1915, a young boy discovered opal within city limits, causing prospectors and potential residents to flood the city.
Because of the harsh environment, the residents, prospectors, and miners decided to build homes underground.
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The idea was that they could avoid the temperatures, and mine for opal from their own living room.
The residences and businesses that they built still exist today.
The homes and commercial spaces require no air conditioning or heating — temps are all controlled by the ground itself.
This means that Coober Pedy has a drastically reduced carbon footprint.
Besides being underground, it has all the quaint charms of a regular small town. Visitors who come to see the place can even stay underground like the rest of the residents. Would you want to travel to Coober Pedy?
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