Coober Pedy: 2 000 Australians that live underground

Australian city Coober Pedy is unique: it is situated underground! However, its 2000 residents feel perfectly happy about their habitat and keep making the town better.

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At first sight this place looks wild and uninhabited - a boring plain desert, being ruthlessly burned by the sun. But underneath it there are kilometres and kilometres of tunnels that serve as home for a couple of thousands people.

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Tourists can't get lost in here: all the doors of this long corridor lead to guest rooms.

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Some houses and apartments have access to the surface, but not many of them.

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People who started working on this lands were suffering from the bright and hot sun that was impossible to avoid in the desert. So they found a solution: they build their "temporary" dwellings underground, where the it was cooler and darker.

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The city was founded in 1915, when the gold deposits were discovered.

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Well, it turned out there was no gold. They discovered some unique opal deposits though.

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The residents connected all the tunnels of the town into one huge underground network.

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Coober Pedy is a significant world supplier of opals, but people mostly come there to see how the "underground people" live and learn more about their routine.

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The mines, the houses and and the guest rooms are not the only attractions of this place. The residents have built a beautiful church, naturally it's situated underground as well.

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They have a large library.

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Opals and other gems are sold in a local jewellery store.

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There is a bar.

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The surface above the town has been turned into a golf course!

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Would you like to visit this unusual town?

Source: www.amusingplanet.com

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