Have you ever been so hot, you just wanted to stay in the cool shade of your home? In a small town in Australia, even homes can’t keep people cool, so the residents had to take further actions.
Coober Pedy is a small desert town that was founded in the year 1915. Miles and miles of tunnels were dug out by miners at the time looking for valuable stones. So many opals were found at this location that its nickname was dubbed the Opal Capitol of the World.
However, the town has had some record-breaking temperatures in the last few years with the heat sometimes reaching beyond 125 degrees Farenheit. Instead of just cranking up their air conditioning, the town figured out another way to beat the heat.
They built their homes underground.
Since the tunnels were already built, they decided that these underground ‘dugouts’ could hold comfortable homes that would keep them cool in the insane heat. Currently, Coober Pedy has approximately 1,500 houses underground and a population of 2,000 people.
The underground dugouts hold bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and even miscellaneous entertainment quarters such as a book shop.
Would you travel to Australia to see how the people of Coober Pedy live like moles underground? Watch the video above to get a peak into their homes.