For those inhabiting areas prone to snow and
intense wind chill, it’s hard to imagine frostier or less favorable
conditions. But they exist. Some locations have been abandoned by
humans altogether, while residents of other places make do with
Here are 10 of the world’s most frigid spots.
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Precipitation falls to the surface as ice crystals at Dome Fuji,
Also known as Dome F or Valkyrie Dome, Dome Fuji is the home of
a Japanese research station.
Conditions at Dome Fuji are pretty dry and reminiscent of a cold
desert. It’s one of the
coldest places on Earth due to its high elevation and location
on the Antarctic plateau. The area is so cold, in fact, that
precipitation falls to the surface as ice crystals.
The temperature can drop as low as -112 degrees Fahrenheit (-80
degrees Celsius). It can get warmer, relatively speaking, but only
to the tune of -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 degrees Celsius).
Oymyakon, Russia has a population of 500.
Oymyakon, the remote Siberian village is considered the coldest
place inhabited on Earth, with a reported
population of 500.
Earlier this year temperatures
dipped to a record-breaking -79.6 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking
the village’s thermometer.
But as one resident
told the Siberian Times, “For us this is normal. It’s strange
that journalists call and ask how you live here. I answer, you come
and see for yourself that we live an ordinary life.”
Snag, a town in Canada’s Yukon, recorded the coldest day in the
The village of Snag is located to the east of Beaver Creek in
Yukon, Canada. It was first inhabited during the Klondike Gold
Rush when 100,000 prospectors migrated to the area in search of
gold in the late 1800s.
The village has the distinction of holding the record for the
coldest day in Canadian history — temperatures dropped to
-81.4 degrees Fahrenheit in 1947. The location has been reported
closed since 2006, with a population of zero.