Coldest Place(s) On Earth
When one thinks of the “coldest place on earth” the North Pole and South Pole come to mind. Well, we went ahead and ranked the top cold places on earth. Interestingly we also found that despite these crazy temperatures people have been living there for many generations.
#1. Coldest Place on Earth is Vostok Station, Antarctica
On July 21, 1983 Vostok Station in Antarctica recorded -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-89.2 Celsius), which is the coldest temperature ever recorded in the earth. Antarctica is the windiest continent, has the highest altitude in the world, has 90% of ice in earth and receives no rainfall, which makes it a desert – all the more reason to be the coldest place on earth. Surprisingly people still live here; mostly for scientific research living through very long extremely cold winters and very short, frosty summers in the coldest place on earth.
#2. Oymyakon Russia - Coldest inhabited place on earth
In Oymyakon -96.16 Fahrenheit (-71.2 degrees Celsius) was the lowest temperature recorded ever. Despite being one of the coldest places on earth around 500 people live here. Though it is extremely cold in winter, people continue their regular life and children attend school which is closed only when the temperature goes below -52 degrees in the coldest inhabited place on earth. Oymyakon has a hot spring that residents use during winter. Some adventure seekers travel every year to Oymyakon.
#3. Verkhoyansk, Russia
Around 1,430 people live in Verkhoyansk. The place serves as a centre for gold, tin mining and cattle breeding. It was once used to house political exiles in the USSR. The average temperature in the month of January goes to as low as is -93.64 Fahrenheit (-69.8 Celsius). Locals prefer to stay indoors wearing huge fur hats and coats most winter.
#4. North Ice, Greenland – Coldest Place in North America
North Ice in Greenland is a British research station. The lowest temperature recorded here is -86.8 Fahrenheit (-66 degree Celsius). This make it the 4th coldest place on earth.
#5. Fort Selkirk, Yukon, Canada
January is the coldest month in Fort Selkirk. It can be accessible via a boat or plane only. The lowest ever recorded temperature is -74 Fahrenheit (-58 degree Celsius). Canada has many cold cities that are densely populated. Montreal and Calgary are large cities with over a million people in the extended city perimeter and have temperatures go below -35 degree Celsius every year.
#6. Yakutsk in Russia
List sixth in the coldest places on earth is Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. It is extremely cold from September to May. The highest ever recorded temperature is -37.5 Fahrenheit (−38.6 Celsius) in the month of January. The city is home to 200,000 people. Though in the summer it does go to a high of 20 degrees Celsius.