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It Looks Like A Hole In The Ground In The Middle Of A Desert; What Lies Below Will Knock Your Socks Off

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There’s a lot of stunning places on Earth, but I have to say that this is one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen.

It seems like it’s from a Sci-Fi movie… but this is actually for real. Tag along on this breathtaking adventure in an underground world.

Coober Pedy, a town in South Australia, is situated in an extremely inhospitable environment.
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The temperatures in the summer reach over 104°F degrees. And the nights are often cold.
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In Coober Pedy you have to watch your step… You can see warning signs like this everywhere.
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That is because you can see holes like this everywhere. I wonder what went through the photographer’s mind when he saw this…
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Yeah, the place is full of these kinds of holes. This photo is from high above in the sky.
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1915 they found the rare gemstone Opal in the area. Coober Pedy contains over 70 opal fields. That’s why it’s called “opal capital of the world”.
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It could be just one of many mining towns.
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But when you see this, you wonder. What’s down under?
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An underground city!


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Several years ago mine workers stumbled upon a genius solution to handle the extreme heat in the area; build everything underground. They started to build homes. That was also the most efficient way to get to work…
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In the underground homes, there is a pleasant temperature. A normal apartment contains a couple of bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom. The stone walls are painted to prevent them from collecting dust.
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Imagine living here!
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Most of the homes, companies and buildings in Coober Peedy are in holes in the caves.
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There’s also a church. Pretty awesome, right?
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A jewellery store…
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And a bookstore.
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In the underground pub you can cool down with beverages.
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And play pool.
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Most of the 2000 inhabitants in Coober Peedy continue to build and live underground. The name of the city, Coober Peedy, comes from the aborigine term “kupa-pit”. Which means “white man’s cave”.
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If you visit the town you can live in an underground motel. But I think it’s good if you’re not calustrophobic…
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There are some special attractions above the earth as well… They have a nine hole golf range where there’s no grass.
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Because of the daily temperatures, it’s best to play golf during the night. Coober Peedy Golf Club also have a partnership with the classic golf club St Andrews in Scotland. Today known as the hometown of golf.
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As you can see there are plenty of exciting things here. Among others, a spaceship from the Sci-Fi movie “Pitch Black”.
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Flickr/Rob Chandler

If you don’t find any of that interesting it’s pretty awesome to watch the desert landscape.
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Source: Wikipedia / huffingtonpost.com

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