The next time your air conditioner is chugging away and then suddenly dies, flooding your home with hot and humid air, take a moment to collect yourself and be thankful that you don’t live in El Azizia, Libya. In the middle eastern town the temperature has been recorded at a scorching 136 degrees Fahrenheit(58 Deg C) on September 13th, 1922. El Azizia is the hottest place in the world that is actually inhabited by people.
It’s interesting to note that the claim of being the hottest place on Earth has been hotly debated with critics citing everything from the black tarmac surrounding the weather center to a damaged thermometer. The main contender for the title of hottest place is Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, California.
The area surrounding El Azizia looks like you would expect a superheated desert to look like. Sand dunes and a certain lack of vegetation are the trademarks of the area, which makes sense considering the high temperatures make it difficult for life to survive in the area. Over the years, wind has shaped the sand into hills and the mountains into scraggly cliffs.
Challenges Faced by People
People living in El Azizia face some unusual challenges because of the extreme heat. While obvious risks of dehydration and sunburn are daily concerns, other problems can also arise. Because of the desert locale, sand storms can be a frequent threat and drought has the potential to kill off wildlife and cultivated plants. Securing water is of the upmost concern for people living in the desert city.
Some challenges faced by those that call El Azizia home aren’t related to the heat. Political upheaval can get almost as hot as the thermometer and for some people living in Libya, dehydration is the least of their worries.
Besides the daily challenge of staying alive in the extreme heat, those that call El Azizia home have the added burden of finding a way to make a living and procure food. Traditional farming ins’t always possible because of the weather, but crops that are adapted to low amounts of water can be grown. Herding and other agricultural activities are also popular as they provide an income and food.
Living in a hot environment isn’t always easy, but those who have the hearty constitution to put up with the heat, the sand and the hardships that come with it have an opportunity to live a unique lifestyle that most people can only dream of. So the next time your air conditioner quits, just be glad that you have access to water on demand, groceries whenever you want them, electricity for cooling your house and an environment that probably doesn’t top 100 degrees too often.
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