August 23, 2009

Oymyakon: The Frozen Village - Russia

Oymyakon Russia is the coldest inhabited place on Earth at -96.2 °F (-71.2 °C)

Oymyakon is a village in Oymyakonsky Ulus of the Sakha Republic, Russia, located along the Indigirka River, 30 kilometers (20 mi) northwest of Tomtor on the Kolyma Highway. The population is 800 people.


Oymyakon is known as one of the candidates for the Northern Pole of Cold, because on January 26, 1926, a temperature of -71.2 °C (-96.2 °F) was recorded there. This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth. It is also the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern hemisphere.


The lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth was -129 °F in 1983, at the Russian Base Vostok in Antarctica.








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