Faced with seasonal dust storms and temperatures that regularly reach above 110 degrees, citizens of a remote Australian town have made a drastic move — underground.
The desert town is called Coober Pedy, which was founded in 1915 when opal was first discovered in the region and miners began settling in. As they mined the earth to discover one of the world's richest gem deposits, they also found why people hadn't settled in this barren region of Australia before: the extreme heat. The settlers dug underground dwellings to escape the temperatures, and the practice still continues today...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Town of Coober Pedy, Australia, Has Moved Underground to Escape Extreme Heat - weather.com: