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The coldest town in the world, the Siberian city of Oimiakón

We never tire of warning that global warming is increasingly evident and sustainability measures must be taken to alleviate a future that looks quite hot. But today we are going with one of those articles that will leave you quite the opposite, ice cream. The time has come for you to discover Oimiakón, considered the coldest inhabited place on the planet. It is a small Russian village where winter lasts for nine months. The cold is a constant of the day to day and its inhabitants have had to adapt to the most extreme temperatures.

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The coldest city in the world

To get to this curious town, you have to head to the Siberian region of Kolyma, crossing the lonely and icy M56 road. If you don’t have antifreeze fluid in your car, don’t even try it. This road of more than two thousand kilometers long and as if that were not enough they call it the “highway of bones”, almost like a scary movie it was, it was built by thousands of prisoners between 1932 and 1953, many of whom died during work and were buried under the asphalt . They say that at night the ghosts roam across the roads and disorienting the daring drivers who dare to circulate on that road. About 30 kilometers away, in the district of Oimiakonski, we find Oimiakón, a village with about 500 inhabitants that boasts the honor of being the coldest town in the world. The highest temperature recorded during the months of January and February has been of 16 degrees below zero.

And you may wonder … What should be the lowest temperature recorded in Oimiakón? Well, a whopping 67.7 degrees negative that corresponds to the winter of 1924. As you can imagine, with these weather conditions, the life of its inhabitants is tremendously hard. Few are those who dare to go out and only do it out of sheer necessity, such as going shopping, to work or to school.

A curious fact is that no one in that village wears glasses and it is due to the intense cold, which makes the lenses instantly stick to the skin. Another peculiarity of Oimiakón is that pencils are used at school because the ink in the pens freezes and they do not work for writing. Anyway, if you have ever said “how cold I am”, now you will know that in another part of the world the cold is almost inhuman, because the feeling of cold is relative depending on where you live.

Maria Anderson

Hello, I am a blogger specialized in environmental, health and scientific dissemination issues in general. The best way to define myself as a blogger is by reading my texts, so I encourage you to do so. Above all, if you are interested in staying up to date and reflecting on these issues, both on a practical and informative level.

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