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. Construction of the regal Castillo San Felipe del Morro began in 1529 and was not completed until 1787, according to the National Park Service. The fort was damaged by the 1787 Boricua earthquake, estimated to be between 8.0-8.5 magnitude, and sustained damage to walls, guardhouses and cisterns. It is a popular attraction today and stands like a gem over San Juan Bay. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Breezy Baldwin (breezy421)) Paul Revere’s home is like a time capsule nestled amidst the bustling streets of Boston and is the city’s oldest building. The home survived many brutal winters, including 2015’s string of relentless winter storms, an everlasting symbol of the United States’ road to independence. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Teemu008) 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...

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 high that day was 19˚F (-7.2˚C) and it hadn’t gotten much higher than that for a few weeks. With snow up to his knees, Nimerfroh trekked to the water where he noticed a “really bizarre horizon.” It’s pretty remarkable he was there to capture these amazing images of the Atlantic-mid-freeze. “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.” The Atlantic Ocean had become a giant salty, slurpee. 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. Surprisingly, the city’s population is around 300,000. The average temperature in the winter is -30° F (!) In the native language, Oymyakon means “unfrozen water,” which likely reference to the hot springs in town that reindeer herders used to visit. 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. Their diet mostly consists of frozen fish and meat soup, as no crops can grow in the region. The cold made it extremely difficult to operate the camera. Chapple had to hold his breath so the frozen cloud of air wouldn’t obscure the shot. Also, the frigid temperatures began to make focusing the camera a chore since they froze the mechanisms in the lens. It takes a hardy bunch to survive under such conditions. Cars must be kept in heated garages while not running, or risk permanent decommission. 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. Outhouses are the only means of relief as the ground is much too cold, making plumbing a non-option. The heating plant in Oymyakon is a key part of the life and economy of the town. Yaktusk is the capital city of the Sakha region and is considered the coldest capital city...

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...