The strangest place to live
Cave, volcano, swamp with crocodiles - a person is able to get in at all, it would seem, is not suitable for living areas.
Aogasima, Japan: Life on the volcano
Residents of the island-volcano Aogasima so accustomed to the constant danger that they consider this state of affairs is quite natural. It may seem that the double crater, towering over the sea, is not very suitable for life, but the islanders do not agree. These deserted places in the densely populated Japan can be counted on the fingers.
Coober Pedy, Australia: "the white man's burrow"
In the central part of the South Australian people climbed into the ground. Literally. So initially the inhabitants of the town of Coober Pedy opals are simply extracted and then apparently decided that the road work takes too much time and went into the hole. The idea to organize the underworld pursued and more meaningful purpose: not fry the Australian sun in the mountains; moreover, in such conditions it is much easier to save precious water.
Residents Coober Pedy managed to skillfully integrate into pliable rock houses, churches, and even a golf course. However, the market demand of the underground city housing in recent falls. Probably, it is time to get out to the outside.
Palmerston, Cook Islands: in the family
In 1863, the island of Palmerston in the Pacific landed Englishman William Masters and three Tahitian. The first colonists were doing is not known, but the beginning of XX century the number of inhabitants of the island with the name of the Masters has risen to 134 people. Atoll, distance from the nearest "big land", New Zealand, more than 3000 kilometers, and has remained an island of the same family.
Dixon, Russia: Arctic gates
Dixon, a small village on the coast of the Kara Sea - the most northerly town in Russia. Long polar night and the average annual temperature is -11, 4 ° C, coupled with the transport isolation creates not the most favorable conditions for life. Nevertheless, Dixon still remain about 500 inhabitants.
The majority of them are employed in the service sector or work in port (when open navigation). Life in the village - the endless "Groundhog Day." Or night, if we are talking about the period from November to March.
Louisiana, USA: Life in the swamp
The rugged marshland in southern Louisiana Cajun live - the descendants of French settlers who are forced to lead a very interesting life. Every year, exactly one month in the United States opened the hunting season for alligators - Cajun eternal enemies in the struggle for dominance in the marshes. During this time, hunters need to catch the largest possible number of animals, thus ensuring the welfare of their families.
La Rinconada, Peru in the rarefied air of
Settlement in the Andes, located at an altitude of 5100 meters above sea level, considered the most mountainous settlement in the world.
Thin air, low temperatures and close to the primitive conditions of existence do not stop tens of thousands of workers who come to La Rinconada in search of gold ore.
In spite of the harsh climate (during the day the temperature rises a few degrees above zero at night frost) and the lack of oxygen in the XXI century La Rikonady population has grown by 235% and in 2009 amounted to about 30 thousand. Man.
The Principality of Sealand: Island of Lost Dreams
Virtual, unrecognized microstate Principality of Sealand occupies platform Rafs Tower in the North Sea area of about 0, 001 square meters. km.
Meanwhile, two of his subjects are quite satisfied life: play mini golf, coin money and are ready to repeat the success of 2008 by egg throwing world championships. And in between catching British Wi-Fi and are trying to establish diplomatic relations with at least one truly recognized state.
Pitcairn Islands, UK: end of the world
It is necessary to try very strongly that in the era of high-speed ships and aircraft to be more than one and a half days' sailing from the nearest village. Pitcairn with the task until the handles. A group of islands, lost in the Pacific Ocean, is located at a distance from the shopping and tourist destinations. Meanwhile, to meet with local residents in the amount of slightly more than 50 people come already four Russians: evidenced by the signed bills carefully left in the local cafe.
Adamstown - Pitcairn Islands capital. The only village: