Our Planet's Superlatives


Our Planet's Superlatives

The most northerly pub in the world; driest desert (see photo); wettest place; your most easterly, westerly, southerly and northerly destinations you've reached so far; your highest and lowest places; your longest plane journey—you get the picture.

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Hello, everyone, I've taken it upon myself to mediate this group. Ny-Ålesund (the most northerly settlement); the Atacama Desert (the driest desert), Mt. Waialeale on the Hawaiian island of Kauai (the wettest place)...any suburban English pub at closing time (the most dangerous)...these are some of the places I've been to, but I'd love to hear your adventures. Superlatives can be modified, qualified, quantified and abused, too, so if you've been to the reddest spot in Rhode Island, that counts just as much. --Terence Baker

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Comment by SunSet Bay Club & SeaSide Dive. on February 21, 2011 at 3:26pm
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Comment by David Lawrence on October 3, 2010 at 7:38pm
Saw this photo a couple of hours ago. Since then I keep thinking about it. What an unusual color for mud and what a wild photo. It just stays in my mind.
Comment by Terence Baker on October 3, 2010 at 1:51pm
I found a volcano you can sit in. It's in Totumo, Colombia, along the northern coat road on the way between Cartagena and Barranquilla, close to a sign with an anteater on it, that is, a road sign suggesting motorists take care of not driving over them. I now have photos of similar signs for kangaroos and polar bears. Apparently, there are one or two of these mud volcanoes around the world, but not that many. The shaft, supposedly, is 2,500 metres in depth, and the mud feels gloppy. It is perfectly capable of placing you in suspension, and it must be as close to feeling antigravity as most of us will get. Afterwards, one carefully picks their way down the muddy steps of this volcano, which only the upper 20 metres sticks above the ground, and wash off in an adjacent lake. Colombia is majestic, my second time there, a decade apart.

Has anyone rafted down lava? Balanced on a jet of steaming geyser spray? Surfed a tsunami?
Comment by Ed Wetschler on January 23, 2010 at 12:11pm
Best spot for spotting bald eagles w/in 100 miles of NYC: the Pennsylvania - New York stretch of the Delaware River. And this is the best season to see them, because Canadian baldies spend their winters here. Visit Eagle Institute HQ and/or http://eagleinstitute.org .
Comment by Terence Baker on January 23, 2010 at 11:33am
Comment by Terence Baker on January 23, 2010 at 11:24am
Four places all measuring 8,000 square miles...and I've already been to El Salvador, which just leaves Djibouti, which--trivia fans--for a decade was named The French Territory of Afars and Issas, which might be the coolest name for a country ever.
Comment by Terence Baker on December 10, 2009 at 10:34am
A first is a superlative, too, I would propose, and news comes in today of the first whisky to be produced in England for more than a century. It is a single malt, probably quite obviously, and is distilled in Norfolk. I'm a little confused, because the news report attached said that it had been in casks for three years, when whisky generally does not see the light of day before 10. Having once—and once!—had a seven-year-old, this confuses me.
Comment by Terence Baker on December 7, 2009 at 7:36pm
watch?v=I5rp1m8XgxwThis road in Bolivia is legendary, or at least it is for those who make it off it. The Camino del Muerte, or Road of Death in more digestible language. Another one ofr Jose's list.



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