Australians Have Built An Underground City To Escape The Extreme Heat
May 24, 2015
Coober Pedy, a town in South Australia, is located in an extremely inhospitable environment. The average temperature in the summer at Coober Pedy is 95ºF and reaches highs up to 122ºF.
Their solution? Build everything underground.
Most homes, businesses, and community buildings in Coober Pedy are "dugouts" - cave like structures burrowed into the sides of hills.
Saint Peter and Paul's Catholic church is the oldest of three churches.
There's motels and hostels.
A strip mall.
Playing golf in Coober Pedy is a unique experience. Because of the harsh daytime temperatures, golfers play mostly at night, using glow in the dark golf balls. They also carry their own patches of turf with them for tee off, since there's little to no grass.
And you always have to watch your step!
There's bars and restaurants too!
Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability. The town has over 70 opal fields and is the largest opal mining area in the world.
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