Here Are 5 Of The Harshest Environments On Earth

Antarctica

By all accounts, Antarctica tops the list as the harshest on many fronts. It has been described as the driest, coldest, and windiest place on Earth. Temperatures in Vostok Research Centre plummeted to a chilly -89â—¦C in 1989. Apart from its extremes of cold, Antarctica is made up ice and rock (98% ice, 2% rock), all of which would make it uninhabitable – or so you would think!
Antarctica

Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert is a harsh environment for a number of reasons, though its dryness and soaring temperatures are the main ones. The amount of rainfall in the Sahara each year is so miniscule, it is barely worth mentioning (less than 3 cm), this makes it uninhabitable for the most part. However there is a small group of nomadic people called the Tuareg that live on its outer edges, raising livestock and trading.
Sahara Desert

Greenland

Greenland may seem like it doesn’t belong on a list of harsh environments, but when you consider that it is made up of ice (80 percent of the country’s surface) and rough terrain, you can see that it may be one of the worst among them.
Greenland

Siberia

We’ve all heard people remark when it’s cold outside that it’s like Siberia. While we imagine that this area must be freezing all year round, this is not necessarily so. There have been temperatures recorded in Siberia of 38â—¦ Celsius, which is hot by any standard. However, this is not the norm.
Siberia

Challenger Deep

Most people have heard of Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it is the deepest point on earth which is an amazing 35,840 feet below sea level. If you took Mount Everest and put it under water, the peak would still be a mile below sea level!
Challenger Deep