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Where Is The Coldest Place on Earth?

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Tuesday, 08/11/2016 02:11

It is difficult to know exactly where is the coldest place on Earth. However, this list of the coldest place in the world is quite enough. 

1. Oymyakon, Russia

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The small town of Oymyakon, home to fewer than 500 people, is the coldest permanently inhabited town on earth, though it barely edged out its fellow Yakutian town of Verkhoyansk for the title. Located deep in Siberia, in a valley that only lets wind in from the north and that gets as little as three hours of winter sun daily, Oymyakon was the site of the coldest temperature recorded outside of Antarctica: in 1933, the town hit minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit. 

2. Vostok Station, Antarctica

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The South Pole is, of course, a forebodingly frigid place. It currently holds the record low air temperature of minus 128.5 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded at Russia’s Vostok Station in 1983. However, that record may have been broken by a 2010 satellite measurement, which noted a ground temperature of negative 136 degrees Fahrenheit along the East Antarctic Plateau. With temperatures like that, the seventh continent isn’t the kind of place you’d want to be stuck at for too long.

3. International Falls, Minnesota

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Located just below the United States’ border with Canada, International Falls prides itself on being the “icebox of the nation” — so much so that it went to court to defend its right to the name. Although temperatures in International Falls were in the negative 30s this week, and have gone as low as negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit (which is, coincidentally, also negative 40 degrees Celsius), the town has no plans to cancel its annual Icebox Days Winter Festival. Scheduled for next week, the festival will feature snow sculptures, races, and frozen turkey bowling. That’s the kind of celebration you just won’t find in uninhabited Prospect Creek, Alaska, which was home to the lowest temperature ever recorded in the United States: negative 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Winnipeg, Canada

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While Winnipeg is frigid, it’s hardly the coldest place in Canada. That honor may go to the abandoned village of Snag, Yukon, which recorded a temperature of negative 83 degrees Fahrenheit in 1947, or to the still-inhabited First Nations town of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, which recorded a low of negative 79 degrees Fahrenheit in 1910.

5. Espoo, Finland

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Despite the fact that it’s located in a Nordic country, Espoo, the second largest city in Finland, actually has a relatively temperate climate, with winter lows reaching only into the 20s. However, Espoo is home to Aalto University’s Low Temperature Laboratory, which was able to cool a piece of rhodium to the lowest temperature ever recorded in laboratory conditions: 100 picokelvins — that’s 10 billionth of one degree Kelvin — above absolute zero. The feat was accomplished by magnetically aligning the nuclei of the rhodium atoms, which probably felt as done with the whole thing as we have with the recent weather.

6. Vostok, Antarctica

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And of course, the number one spot has to go to Antarctica which, if inhabited and measured, would probably fill these kind of lists on its own. Vostok is a Russian weather monitoring station which holds the record for the lowest ever recorded temperature on Earth – minus 128.6F, on 21st July 1983 – although there are claims that it dipped to -132F in 1997. The warmest month there is January, with a mean average of -25.8F, but the mean averages for the winter months are consistently in the minus 80s. It’s also 3,488m above sea level which means there’s a distinct lack of oxygen and there’s almost no moisture either. All considered, it is one of the most dangerous, inhospitable and unpleasant places in the world. 

7. Snag, Yukon, Canada

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The village of Snag in Canada had a temperature of -81F on February 3rd 1947. That broke the long-standing record of 80F set in Snag…on February 2nd 1947. When that was recorded, there were between 8 and 10 people living in Snag and they were a mixture of natives and fur traders. It also had its own airstrip, with a  staff of 15-20, but that closed in 1968. While in  Snag, researchers also noticed a strange acoustic effect – voices could be heard clearly over a distance of several miles. This has never quite been explained.

With these information, you might know the coldest place on earth, coldest city, country in the world. Keep following to check out more amazing, interesting facts.

Elly Green

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