Written by Genevieve Ananti
Mount Thor, Nunavut, Canada.
When you hear the name “Thor”, what comes to mind is the all powerful Norse god of thunder. Well, the truth is not far-fetched as mountain is nothing less than the resemblance of a striking thunder.
Mount Thor, officially called the Thor Peak, in Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, is a granite peak that features the world’s tallest purely vertical drop, the steepest peak on earth. The drop measures 1250m and angles inwards at 105 degrees making it more of an overhang.
Thor is part of the Baffin Mountains which in turn form part of the Arctic Cordillera mountain range. The mountain is made of granite and is the most famous of Canada’s mountains.
Despite the fact the mountain is in a remote area, it’s a popular destination for avid mountain climbers.
Oymyakon is a rural locality in Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic, Russia, located along the Indigirka River, 30 kilometers northwest of Tomtor on the Kolyma Highway. It is one of the coldest permanently inhabited locales on Earth.
In Siberia language, Oymyakon means “unfrozen water.” The ground freezes and few crops grow.The local diet is mostly meat and fish, sometimes eaten frozen. Engines freeze so quickly that many cars are kept running all the time. Your eyelashes and saliva will freeze into painful little needles on your face as you walk down the street. Even vodka will freeze if a bottle is left outside.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
This purely amazing waterfall is 16 times the height of Niagara Falls the other of Venezuela’s and South America’s best natural touristic places. It is the tallest waterfall in the world.
Angel Falls is located in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela. Angel falls is situated to the side of the largest with the Venezuela’s tepuis generally known as Auyan-tepui. The land is covered with grasslands, with much dense jungle along the path of the rivers and at the foot of the numerous tepuis, or flat-topped mountains.
The famous Falls was discovered by mistake (what a big luck) by aviator Jimmy Angels when his plane (can be visited at the Aviation Museum in Maracay) crashed there. Unlike many other natural wonders of the world, Angel Falls was discovered only in the 20th century. In 1935 he first spotted the site and then in 1937 he landed on top of it with his wife after crashing on Auyantepui, Jimmy Angels and his wife had to take a long walk out in the jungle.
Tristan da Cunha,United Kingdom
The volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic boasts a population of 258 people with only nine different last names.
The locals speak English, but have also invented their own dialect with words derived from Scottish, English, St Helenian, South African, American, Dutch, Italian, and Irish, reflective of their various places of origin.
South Africa is the nearest country to this British Overseas Territory, which is said to be the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world.