12 of the Oldest U.S. Structures!

These structures have survived the harshest winters and scorching summers, flooding and lightning strikes, making their histories undeniably interesting. The Cliff Palace of Mesa Verde National Park was constructed in the 1190s by ancestral Puebloans known as the Anasazi. The walls were once decorated with bright earthen plasters, but years of wind and moisture eroded them away, says the National Park Service. The area witnessed the coldest winters and hottest summers, experiencing sporadic droughts. Yet even after the residents were long gone, the stunning sandstone structure still stands strong in its shadowy abode. The foundation for the famous Alamo was laid in 1744, just 20 years after it was established near present-day San Antonio, says the mission’s official site. The stone mission withstood years of brutal winters, thunderstorms and blazing heat, among other severe weather phenomena. The Alamo still stands proudly, a testament to its rich and colorful history. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Eric (Eric Borja)) The C.A. Nothnagle Log House has surprisingly avoided any major damage due to nature since its construction between 1638 and 1643. It is the oldest log cabin in the United States and was part of the New Sweden colony. Gibbstown is in the southwest climate zone of New Jersey and experiences some of the state’s highest average daily temperatures and nighttime temperatures, says Rutgers University. This likely contibutes to the breakage of the clay that holds the logs together, however, a good samaritan and his wife constantly replace the clay to ensure the cabin continues to stand strong. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Smallbones) The Jethro Coffin House is a historical gem as it is the last...

Frigid Temperatures Turn Nantucket Water To Slurpee Waves

It has been so frigid outside when photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh was on the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, that he was able to capture a truly incredible act of nature at its coldest: The mighty waves of the Atlantic ocean freezing over. A week later, Nimerfroh returned to the beach – which was colder by a few more degrees still – “nothing was moving. There were no waves anymore.” The Atlantic Ocean had become a giant salty, slurpee. The high that day was 19˚F (-7.2˚C) and it hadn’t gotten much higher than that for a few weeks. “I saw these crazy half-frozen waves. Usually on a summer day you can hear the waves crashing, but it was absolutely silent. It was like I had earplugs in my ears.” It’s pretty remarkable he was there to capture these amazing images of the Atlantic-mid-freeze. With snow up to his knees, Nimerfroh trekked to the water where he noticed a “really bizarre horizon.” Source: Boredom...

Oymyakon, Russia – The Coldest Town On Earth!

Photographer Amos Chapple set out to discover exactly what it takes to live in Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest town on Earth, where the record low reached -96.16° F. Livestock is a vital part of life in Oymyakon. The people of Oymyakon take great pride in being locals. But even they shut things down when the thermometer drops below -58° F. Their diet mostly consists of frozen fish and meat soup, as no crops can grow in the region. In Oymyakon, the record low temperature is documented with pride. Surprisingly, the city’s population is around 300,000. The average temperature in the winter is -30° F (!) The heating plant in Oymyakon is a key part of the life and economy of the town. Cars must be kept in heated garages while not running, or risk permanent decommission. It takes a hardy bunch to survive under such conditions. The ground is too cold for burials. When someone passes away, a fire must be lit before a grave can be dug, in order to heat the ground. On the journey north, Chapple was stranded for two days in the Cafe Cuba (below) and lived off of reindeer soup and hot tea until another car showed up to take him the rest of the way to Oymyakon. Oymyakon is about as north as towns go. The attendants at this gas station work in 2 week shifts: 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. If you turn off your engine here, it won’t be restarting – the cold is too intense. Yaktusk is the capital city of the Sakha region and is considered the coldest...

Amazing Metal that Repels Water!

Researchers at the University of Rochester have created a type of metal surface that can repel water using “laser patterning techniques.” The superhydrophobic surfaces are more more efficient at keeping water away than the traditional coating commonly applied to cookware metals. Those surfaces must be tilted to a 70-degree angle before liquid slides off. Comparatively, this water-repellant surface requires little or even no angle, according to...