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What life in underground town Coober Pedy looks like

Why Did This Town Go Underground?

Faced with unberable heat, the citizens of Coober Pedy in South Australia decided to escape by making a dramatic move ... underground.



Founded in 1915, this desert town is home to miles of hidden underground tunnels, dug out by miners searching for precious stones -- opals to be exact. Over the years they found so many, the town earned the nickname the "Opal Capital of the World."

With temperatures above ground reaching 125 degrees, the residents decided the unused portions of the mines would make for much more comfortable dwellings.

Called "dug outs," this vast tunnel system holds almost 1,500 houses, with about 2,000 people residing there.

But don't assume living here will turn you into a mole: these tunnel homes include bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

Want to learn more about this cool town (or maybe even visit)? Check out the official site.

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