Why Did This Australian Town Move Underground? (Video)

BY Epoch Video TIMEJuly 16, 2014 PRINT

The citizens of Coober Pedy, Australia have moved underground, and for a good reason.

What do you do if you live somewhere in unbearable heat?

How do you escape it? Simple answer move underground. And that is exactly what the citizens of Coober Pedy in Australia have done.

Founded in 1915 this desert town is home to miles hidden underground tunnels dug out by miners searching for precious stones mainly the opals. Because the discovery was so big the town got name the Opal Capitol of the World.

Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences, called “dugouts” because of temperatures reaching 125 F the residence decided to turn unused portion of the mines tunnels into homes, restaurants and shops. This tunnels system holds around 1500 houses with about 2000 people living there.

Now days Coober Pedy relies on tourism as much as on the mining. With 70 opal localities is Coober Pedy the largest opal mining areas in the world.



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