Run-Time: 1 x 51 min.
Directed by Udo Mauer
Written by Manfred Christ, Udo Maurer
A co-production of Cosmos Factory for ORF UNIVERSUM in association with Fremantle Media
Languages: English (DUBBED) , German (ORIGINAL)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9 , 16:9
Extreme! - From Freezer to Furnace
Extrem! - Heißkalt - Die extremsten Orte der Welt
This is a journey to the hottest and coldest places on earth, where people go about their everyday lives under extreme conditions - and even enjoy it. The Northern Pole of Cold, where the northern hemisphere's lowest air temperature of minus 71.2 degrees Celsius has been recorded, lies in north-east Siberia. The village of Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited place on earth - a real «natural freezer». Thousands of miles away lies America's answer to the record-holding Russian village: Furnace Creek, headquarters of Death Valley National Park. In 1913, 56.7 degrees Celsius were measured here. But the world's official hottest place is the city of Al'Aziziyah in Libya, a gateway to the Sahara desert, just 25 miles from Tripoli and the Mediterranean Sea. It holds the world record of 58 degrees Celsius - in the shade! Another infamous blast furnace is the Danakil Depression in the borderland between Eritrea and Ethiopia - one of the most forbidding deserts on earth, a vsolcanic wasteland almost 150 meters below sea level, which boasts the highest measured annual average temperature: 34.6 degrees Celsius.