What life in underground town Coober Pedy looks like

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

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COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA: A single wind turbine provides electricity for 40 homes in the remote outback town of Coober Pedy, 05 July 2005. In a attempt to promote alternative energy sources, Australian scientists are now designing a full-scale, banana-fired power station to help ease Australia's dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA: Judy McLean displays the subterranean bedrooms of Faye's underground house in the opal mining town of Coober Pedy, 05 July 2005, located 840 kms north of Adelaide. Living in one of the world's most inhospitable regions -- a tree-less, stony desert where temperatures can climb to 50 degrees Celcius in the day and fall to zero at night -- half of Coober Pedy's 3,500 residents have dug their homes into the chalky clay rock to escape the harsh conditions. AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
68726 02: Trevor Weathermill sits with his son Brett while his wife Kate talks to their daughter Rebecca March 6, 1989 in Coober Pedy, Austrailia. The family lives in a cave that is located underground in a hill. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/Liaison)
AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Living Underground In Coober Pedy, Australia-In Coober Pedy there's even an underground bookstore! (Photo by Eric-Paul-Pierre PASQUIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA: Tourists explore the labyrinthine tunnels of the Umoona opal mine in the outback town of Coober Pedy, 05 July 2005. Fewer than 200 full-time miners still search for the rainbow-hued gems in the outback town of 3,500 residents situated 840 kms north of Adelaide. AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Opal miner John Shane inspects extracted rock in his underground mine June 12, 2005 in the outback mining town of Coober Pedy, Australia. Australia supplies 95 percent of the world's opal supply, with most coming from Coober Pedy. Opal is a precious stone comprised of amorphous silica and water, with the more valuable stones displaying vivid colours. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: A general view of the Underground Serbian Orthodox Church on May 5, 2009 in Coober Pedy, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
The minister of the local Serbian church stands at the rear of the underground church which was dug out using mining equipment in the Australian frontier mining town Coober Pedy in outback South Australia 09 May 2000. A population of 3,500 people from 48 different nationalities live in the lunar-type landscape with 50 percent living in underground homes and are serviced by underground churches, bars, hotels and restuarants while hoping to make their fortune mining opals. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
068726 05: (NO NEWSWEEK - NO USNEWS) Miners Mario Kovacevic and David West drill a hole into the wall June 6, 1981 in Australia. Coober Pedy is recognized as the largest producer of opal in the world with an estimated seventy percent of the world's opal being mined in the area. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/Liaison)
068726 06: (NO NEWSWEEK - NO USNEWS) Aborigine residents sit June 6, 1981 in Australia. Coober Pedy is recognized as the largest producer of opal in the world with an estimated seventy percent of the world's opal being mined in the area. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/Liaison)
AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Living Underground In Coober Pedy, Australia- Located 836 km north of Adelaide and 707 km south of Alice Springs, the remote Australian town of Coober Pedy is the opal capital of the world. (Photo by Eric-Paul-Pierre PASQUIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Living Underground In Coober Pedy, Australia-Umoona underground art gallery & shop, Coober Pedy (Photo by Eric-Paul-Pierre PASQUIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Living Underground In Coober Pedy, Australia- The entrance to the subterranean Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy. (Photo by Eric-Paul-Pierre PASQUIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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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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