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Top 10 coldest places in the world

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-06-08
The world is full of extreme climates that make it difficult for human habitation. There are hottest places on earth, and also the coldest which this article describes. The nose-diving mercury levels and the freezing sub-zero temperatures, human beings have managed to adapt and live in small settlements in these areas. The places listed below are the coldest ones in the world based on the lowest temperatures ever recorded.

10Rogers Pass, USA


Rogers Pass is located in the US state of Montana, right along the continental divide. Rogers Pass had the coldest temperature ever recorded in the continental US when it dropped to a low of -69.7ºF on January 30, 1954. It is visited by thousands of adventure travelers every year who come here to enjoy the wilderness and to take part in winter sports in these cold temperatures. It is also a popular place for seeing golden eagles and bald eagles. More info on Wikipedia

9 Fort Selkirk, Canada

Fort Selkirk in Yukon, Canada is an established settlement and home to the Selkirk First Nation. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Yukon, and it was believed to have been established in the 1850s. It is an important stop along the Yukon River and today, it is managed as a historical site by the Yukon Department of Tourism and the Selkirk First Nation. It became the second coldest place in Canada when temperatures dropped to -74ºF on January 28, 1947. More info on Wikipedia


8Prospect Creek, USA


Prospect Creek had the distinction of becoming the coldest place in the USA when the temperatures dropped to -79.8ºF on January 23, 1971. Located in Alaska, Prospect Creek's small established settlement is mainly due to the mining activities that took place in and around this area. A temporary housing settlement was established here during the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) to house construction workers. Prospect Creek is also home to black and brown bears and bald eagles. More info on Wikipedia


7 Snag, Canada

Located in the Yukon Territory of Canada, Snag is a small village that was inhabited by a handful of natives and military personnel until few decades ago. Now uninhabited, it was originally established during Canada's Klondike Gold Rush, and boasted a military arifield until 1968. It also holds the record for the lowest temperature recorded in North America when the mercury dipped to -81.4º on February 3, 1947. More info on Wikipedia


6 Eismitte, Greenland


Eismitte is located in the interior of Greenland and was the campsite of an Arctic expedition that took place during the early part of the twentieth century. Also known as mid-ice, Esmitte set a record for the having the second lowest temperature in Greenland when the barometer touched -85ºF. More info on Wikipedia


5North ice, Greenland


Northice is the name of a research station that was set up by the British in the northern part of Greenland. Northice holds the record for the lowest temperature in Greenland with its recorded temperature of -87ºF on January 9, 1954. The temperature here went below -59.4ºF on 16 different days during a two-year period, making it one of the consistently coldest places in the world. More info on Wikipedia


4Verkhoyansk, Russia


Verkhoyansk is located in the Sakha Republic in Russia, near the Arctic Circle. Founded in 1638, it is one of the oldest towns in Russia. According to the 2010 census, there are about 1,300 people living in this cold community, where a record low of -90ºF was set in 1892. It also has one of the biggest temperature differences in the world with its winter averages around -50ºF and the summer temperatures at 73ºF. More info on Wikipedia


3Oymyakon, Russia


Located in the Sakha Republic of Russia, Oymyakon is a small village with a population of 472 according to the 2010 census. This is one of the coldest places in Russia and the ground is frozen all throughout the year. The lowest temperature ever recorded here was -96.2ºF in 1924. Antarctica is the only place that has temperatures lower than Oymyakon. More info on Wikipedia


2Plateau Station, Antarctica


Plateau Station is an American research base that is no longer in use. This was one of the most remote American stations in Antarctica and it was in operation for a brief three years from 1966 to 1969. It is about 4,000 meters above sea-level and was used for high-altitude viewing and research. This is the second coldest place in the world, where temperatures have reached a bone-chilling -129.2ºF. More info on Wikipedia


1Vostok Station, Antarctica


Established on December 16, 1957, Vostok Station in Antarctica is a Russian station near the south pole. It is at an altitude of 11,400 feet above sea level and is one of the most isolated places on Earth. Its lowest recorded temperature was -138.6º F, making it the coldest place in the world. Vostok is also characterized by a lack of moisture and oxygen. Usually, ten scientists live and work there all through the year to research the climate, topology and magnetic waves of the south pole. More info on Wikipedia


These places give a glimpse into one extraordinary and extreme side of planet Earth. The harsh weather did not deter the hardy among us from exploring and establishing settlements, which demonstrates the resilience and power of human will to adapt and live in any kind of environment.

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