Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Ever been interested in the coldest permanently inhabited area in the world? It's in Siberia and there's a web site that features some interesting information about the place...

Oymyakon/Ojmjakon/Oimyakon (map) is the coldest permanently inhabited place on earth. Located in Siberia, the lowest recorded temperature here is -71.2 degrees Celsius (96 below in Fahrenheit). According to Wikipedia this is the lowest officially recorded temperature in the northern hemisphere.

The village has a population of around 800 and is located 690 meters above sea level and lies in a valley between two mountain ranges (the reason for the low temperatures). The name Oymyakon means "non-freezing water" because of the natural hot spring close to the village.

Here's one video they have posted - there's more information and another video if you wish to visit the site.

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