Sunday, February 10, 2013

Coldest Places on Earth

Vostok Station, Antarctica.

Vostok Station in Antarctica is one of the coldest places on Earth. The Russian research station is where the lowest recorded temperature was taken at -89.2 degrees Celsius (-128.56 Fahrenheit)  on July 21, 1983. Antarctica is not only the coldest place but also the windiest and has the highest overall elevation of any continent in the world. Despite the fact that Antarctica contains 90 percent of the ice in the world, it receives almost no rainfall, making it technically a desert.

Oymyakon, Russia.

Oymyakon, Russia is the coldest inhabited place in the world. If you thought it was cold where you are at the moment then a visit to the Russian village of Oymyakon might just change your mind. With the average temperature for January standing at -50C, it is no wonder the village is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world. Known as the 'Pole of Cold', the coldest ever temperature recorded in Oymyakon was -71.2C (-96.16 Fahrenheit). This small town has a population of approximately 500 people. Although it’s very cold there in winter, people still continue to live their lives and students attend school, unless it gets lower than -52 degrees Celsius (-61.6 Fahrenheit). Sometimes it gets so cold at night that birds freeze.

Verkhoyansk, Russia.

Verkhoyansk, has a population of around 1,400 inhabitants. The lowest temperature ever recorded there is -69.8 degrees Celsius (-93.64 Fahrenheit). Between the 1860s and early 20th century Verkhoyansk was used to house political exiles. In January the average temperature is minus 50.4 degrees F and mean monthly temperatures stay below freezing from October through April. In 1892, residents recorded the still all-time low of minus 90 degrees F. Modern day residents pile on huge fur hats and coats and tend to stay indoors when it gets really cold.

North Ice, Greenland.

Greenland holds the fourth position for the coldest place on Earth. It is also the coldest region in the Western Hemisphere. The lowest temperature ever recorded in North America with −66.1 °C,( -87 F ) on January 9, 1954.. North Ice is a British research station located in the middle of the Greenland ice sheet. North Ice was a research station of the British North Greenland Expedition (1952 to 1954) on the inland ice of Greenland. The name of the station contrasts to the former British South Ice station in Antarctica.

Snag, Yukon, Canada.

Snag is located in the Yukon Territory in Canada. It is the coldest place on the North American continent. The lowest temperature recorded in Snag is -63 degrees Celsius (-81.4 F). Snag gets cold because the mountains block the warm air from the Pacific Ocean. The cold air from the mountains finds its way down to Snag. Due to its special geographical characteristics, you can hear people from miles away when out of doors in Snag.

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