Posted on 30 January 2010.
To live in the coldest cities in the world, humans have had to become accustomed their environment and change their lifestyle considerably. Electronics, petrol, ink and all other liquids completely freeze at such low temperatures. Yet, humans manage to survive in such extreme climates. Here are the top ten coldest cities in the world:
1. Vostok Station, Antarctica
The coldest place on earth is considered to be Antarctica. Only penguins and seals inhabit this place. Vostok Station was named after the ship of Fabian von Bellingshausen, an Antarctic explorer.
It is also the biggest desert in the world because it has very little precipitation. The temperature can go down to -128.6o F or -89.2°C.
2. Sovetskaia, Antarctica
This used to be a Soviet research station in Antarctica. Its surface elevation is 3662m and was discovered on February 16, 1958 by the 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition. The temperatures can go down to –124.1o F or -86.7°C.
3. Oymyakon, Russia
Oymyakon village is located to the east of Yakutia. Around 521 people live in this icy village. The average temperature is -96°F or -71.2°C during the winter which is nine months. Oymyakon lies in a bowl between mountains, which traps cold air and hence has such frigid temperatures.
4. Verkhoyansk, Russia
Verkhoyansk, located in the Yakutia region of Siberia, lies within the Arctic Circle. The city is the third smallest town in Russia. Its population is around 1,311 (2010 Census). The temperature, normally, will reach -40 °C (−40 °F) and −69.8 °C (−93.6 °F) at its peak. With Oymyakon, the city is considered the northern Pole of Cold.
5. North Ice Station Greenland
Greenland is known to be the coldest place in the western hemisphere. On January 9th,1954, a temperature of -87 °F (-66 °C) was recorded at the North ice Research Station in the middle of the Greenland Ice Sheet.