25 places where people live no matter what
There are still places on Earth where no man has set foot.
But there are also places on our planet where people should not have lived, but they still live there.
Whether it is the unbearable heat, Siberian frosts, or an island that is almost impossible to reach, some people are unwilling or unable to leave their places of residence for one reason or another.
Here is a list of 25 such places.
25. Atacama Desert, Chile/Peru
This desert is considered the driest place on Earth. It rains four times in a thousand years.
Temperatures can range from incredibly cold at night to stifling heat during the day.
Despite such conditions, more than 1 million people consider the desert their home, and most of them work in the copper mine.
24. Verkhoyansk, Russia.
Despite being one of the coldest places on our planet, and officially the coldest city on Earth, Verkhoyansk is still inhabited.
In a place where the temperature reached -69.8 degrees Celsius, lives a little more than 1,200 people.
23. Volcano Merapi, Indonesia
The largest active volcano in the country, which is located on the island of Java, near the city of Yogyakarta.
Merapi is also called the “fire mountain,” and in 500 years it has erupted more than 60 times . But this has not caused nearly a quarter of a million residents to leave their homes on the fertile land in the shadow of the volcano.
22. Kivu (lake), Rwanda/Democratic Republic of Congo
This lake contains several million cubic meters of methane and carbon dioxide at its depth . If it all comes to the surface, more than 2 million people could be affected.
21. Pitcairn Islands
Sometimes called “the smallest democracy on Earth. This state is home to 50 residents from 9 families.
There is no harbor or airport on the island – you can only get there by canoe. But there is high-speed Internet.
20. Cook Islands, Australia and Oceania
Only four people live here. There used to be a train station where trains filled up to cross the longest straight road on Earth .
Since nothing grows on the island, residents have to bring all their food and drinking water by boat.
19. Minqin, China
A sad future awaits this area. The rapid growth of the population has made the only river that runs through the county into a desert.
Only 155 square kilometers of fertile land remain.
18. La Rinconada, Peru
The city is located in the Andes at an altitude of about 5,100 meters above sea level . This makes La Rinconada the highest settlement on the planet . You can get to the city only by climbing a narrow mountain road.
On top of that, its ecology is not good at all. In addition to the almost undeveloped sewage and waste water system, high levels of mercury can be found here, which remains after gold mining.
About 30,000 people live here, many of whom suffer from mercury poisoning.
17. Chernobyl, Ukraine
After a tragic accident in 1986, almost all residents of this town were evacuated.
Today, some workers still live in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, but their stays are limited to a few days a week.
It should be noted that the Exclusion Zone is an area that is not freely accessible because after the accident it was heavily contaminated with long-lived radionuclides.
16. Linfen, China
Before 1978, this city was known for its clean spring water, greenery and rich agriculture, earning it the nickname “Modern Fruit and Flower City”.
But after the city was turned into a major industrial center for coal mining, the environment has changed dramatically.
Today it’s one of the most polluted cities in the world: the air is polluted with ash, carbon, lead and organic chemicals.
15. Pompeii, Italy
After the devastation caused by the volcano Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 1979, this ancient Roman city in Campania region, buried under the volcanic ash, is still a home for some people.
And all because of the fertile earth . Even though frozen lava lies on every step, people find the risk of living in the city justified.
14. Socotra (Island), Yemen
Known as “the most ethereal place on earth,” this island is located in the northwest Indian Ocean, about 250 km from the Somali Peninsula, and 350 km south of the Arabian Peninsula.
This makes it so isolated from the rest of the world that most of the flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else .
There are only two roads, but the inhabitants, who number just over 40,000, are not embarrassed by this.
Socotra is mostly populated by shepherds, fishermen, and farmers, all of whom raise incense and aloe, as well as sheep and goats.
13. Barrow, Alaska, USA
Barrow is the northernmost city in the United States . It is about 2,100 km from the North Pole, which makes the city incredibly cold.
In addition, Barrow is on the list of communities that can “boast” of the harshest natural conditions .
There are only 109 days a year when the temperature rises above 0 degrees Celsius. On average, the temperature in the city is below zero for 324 days a year. On top of that, frost and snowfalls can happen any month and polar nights are incredibly long.
12. tristan da Cunha (Islands)
Together with Easter Island and Pitcairn Islands, it is on the list of the most remote settlements on the planet .
Tristan da Cunha is 2,816 km from South Africa and 3,360 km from South America. You can only get here by fishing boats or research vessels, but be careful – the locals are not very friendly to tourists.
It is worth noting that immigration is illegal here.
11. bajo, Philippines
This is not so much a settlement as an ethnic group that lives in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Indigenous peoples and tribes from the surrounding area have been nicknamed “sea gypsies” because of their way of life. Although more and more Bajos are deciding to move to dry land, there are families who continue to live all their lives on the water.
They live without drinking water or electricity, and only come ashore to bury the dead.
10. Kifuka, Democratic Republic of Congo
If you’re afraid of lightning, you won’t like it here. This village is the place where lightning strikes regularly, and there are about 60 lightning strikes per square kilometer every year.
9. Meghalaya, India
This state in India is known for its heavy downpours and monsoons . Cherapunji has become known as the wettest place on earth with a rainfall of over 11,000 mm. This amount of rainfall has led to the emergence of unique plants .
8. Muli, Faroe Islands
Despite its highly unstable weather and complete or partial absence of minerals and vegetation, the four residents of this tiny village in the Faroe Islands are not yet about to leave their home .
7. Motuo, China.
This is a place that is incredibly difficult to get to . The way to this isolated village is considered the most difficult in the world. About 10,000 people live here.
There are no roads and no connections to the outside world. To get to the mysterious (the word “Motuo” means “hidden, mysterious lotus”) have to wade through the mountains, and the way can take a week.
6. Norilsk, Russia
Norilsk is one of the coldest cities on Earth and one of the most ecologically polluted cities on our planet.
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5. Dallol, Ethiopia
This settlement boasts the highest average annual temperature on Earth. Between 1960 and 1966 there was recorded the highest average annual temperature – 34 degrees Celsius.
In addition, Dallol is one of the most remote places on Earth. There are no roads, and to get to it, you must use the caravan routes, which are aimed at collecting and delivering salt.
Nearby, below sea level, is the Dallol volcano (last eruption in 1926). There are no exact statistics on how many people live here.
4. La Oroya, Peru
This city is famous for its mining and metallurgical industries . But these industries have put the city on the list of the most environmentally polluted cities in the world .
Because of lead smelting, literally all residents, including children, have some degree of lead poisoning .
The average life expectancy in this city is 51 years for men and 55 years for women. It is worth noting that the national average, people live 20 years longer.
The main cause of deaths is cancer. There are many genetic deformities, because several generations have not left this leaden shell.
3. Oymyakon, Russia
This village is known as one of the “Poles of Cold”, i.e. the region with the lowest temperatures on Earth.
About 500 people live here (2012). Day length in Oymyakon may vary from 3 hours in December to 21 hours in summer time.
In January the average monthly temperature is -46.4 degrees Celsius (can sometimes drop to -50).
2. Death Valley, USA.
In the entire Western Hemisphere there is no place hotter than this. In the summer of 1913, it was recorded here the highest temperature on earth – +56.7 degrees Celsius.
This place was formerly inhabited by many Timbisha Indians, who are said to have settled here 1,000 years ago.
At the present time, several families of this tribe still live in the valley, or rather in the vicinity of Furness Creek, California.
1. Vostok Station, Antarctica
There are many reasons why people should not be in this part of the world:
– the lowest temperature on Earth is here: -89.6 degrees Celsius
– the station is at an altitude of 3,488 meters, which means that people here are severely deprived of oxygen
– Insufficient levels of carbon dioxide in the air can cause breathing problems
– polar night lasts almost 4 months
– acclimatization can last from a week to several months and this process is accompanied by: dizziness, blinking of eyes, earache, nosebleeds, rapid rise in blood pressure, insomnia, vomiting, muscle pain, and great weight loss.