New Orleans, LA, USA – Source: geology.com
We often hear about the highest elevations cities in the world, but far less often of the lowest. Below is a list of 25 of the lowest cities, all below sea level. If any additions are known, please feel free to pass them along.
Georgetown, Guyana – Source: panaramio.com
Interesting tidbits from this data include Georgetown, Guyana being the lowest national capital city and the only one situated below sea level; New Orleans being the largest city located below sea level; and Jericho being the lowest city in elevation.
- Jericho, Palestinian Authority: −258 m (−846 ft) = lowest city in the world.
- Tiberias, Israel: −207 m (−679 ft)
- Bet She’an, Israel: −120 m (−394 ft)
- Bombay Beach, CA, USA: −69 m (−226 ft)
- Salton Sea Beach, CA, USA: −67 m (−220 ft)
- Desert Shores, CA, USA: −61 m (−200 ft)
- Calipatria, CA, USA: −56 m (−184 ft)
- Westmorland, CA, USA: −48 m (−157 ft)
- Niland, CA, USA: −43 m (−141 ft)
- Salton City, CA, USA: −38 m (−125 ft)
- Brawley, CA, USA: −37 m (−121 ft)
- Thermal, CA, USA: −37 m (−121 ft)
- Coachella, CA, USA: −22 m (−72 ft)
- Imperial, CA, USA: −18 m (−59 ft)
- Seeley, CA, USA: −13 m (−43 ft)
- El Centro, CA, USA: −12 m (−39 ft)
- Indio, CA, USA: −6 m (−20 ft)
- Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands: −5 m (−16 ft)
- Heber, CA, USA: −5 m (−16 ft)
- Neuendorf-Sachsenbande, Germany: −4 m (−13 ft)
- Le Contane, Italy: −3.44 m (−11.3 ft)
- Holtville, CA, USA: −3 m (−10 ft)
- Georgetown, Guyana: −2 m (−7 ft) = lowest national capital
- Kristianstad, Sweden: −2 m (−7 ft)
- New Orleans, LA, USA: −2 m (−7 ft) = largest below sea level city
El Centro, CA- Source: aerialarchives.com
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Here are two amazing images of today’s eruption of the Villarica Volcano in southern Chile. The immense power of Mother Earth is clearly on display.
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We loved the story, the plot, and most of the acting in Kingsman: The Secret Service, but the excessive and blatant violence nearly ruined the film for the three of us. I simply do not understand a movie director’s need to rub gratuitous violence in the audience’s face. We all can vividly imagine when someone is being injured, maimed, or killed, so there is NO need to depict it in slow motion, repeat it, or focus on every aspect of it.
Aside from the violence, Kingsman was a first class secret agent thriller. I only wish it has focused more fully on the intrigue. Kudos to Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, and Sophie Cookson for their splendid performances. For the director, Matthew Vaughn, just reminder that one’s imagination can be far more frightening than visual imagery.
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As a follow-up to last Monday’s post about those suburbs in the United States that have become larger than the original core city of the metropolitan area, here are my predictions for the next group of suburbs which could soon attain such a superior population status than their core city:
Suburb (2010 population) / Core City (2010 population)
- Boca Raton, FL = 84,392 / West Palm Beach, FL = 99,919
- Bonita Springs, FL = 43,914 / Fort Myers, FL = 62,298
- Calexico, CA = 38,572 / El Centro, CA = 42,598
- Chesapeake, VA = 222,209 / Norfolk, VA = 242,803
- Layton, UT = 67,311 / Ogden, UT = 82,825
- Lacey, WA = 42,393 / Olympia, WA = 46,478
- Olathe, KS = 125,872 / Kansas City, KS = 145,786
- Pembroke Pines, FL = 154,750 / Fort Lauderdale, FL = 165,521
- Rogers, AR = 55,964 / Fayetteville, AR = 73,580
- Springdale, AR = 69,797 / Fayetteville, AR = 73,580
- West Valley City, UT = 129,480 / Salt Lake City, UT = 186,440
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Congratulations to Matt for being the first and only person to correctly identify skyline #7, Windhoek, Namibia. Above, is a very special future skyline for your consideration.
UPDATE on 3/3/15: Here’s a hint – it is a fictional place and pertains indirectly to a recent news story.
Thank you, Leonard Nimoy for bringing one of the greatest characters of all time to life. Namaste!