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Coldest place on Earth discovered


Posted on Monday, 9 December, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments

The temperature is so cold that CO2 turns in to dry ice. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 euphro
Scientists have measured a record-breaking temperature of -91C on a mountain ridge in Antarctica.
America's National Snow and Ice Data Centre made the discovery using data from satellite instruments. The recorded temperature is so low that anyone out in it for even a short space of time would see their eyes, nose and lungs freezing up within minutes.

The reading of -91C was recorded on Dome Fuji at a height of more than 12,000ft. Antarctica has long held the record for the world's coldest temperatures with the previous record holder being Russia's Vostok research station which recorded a temperature of -89.2C during the winter of 1983.

By contrast the coldest recorded permanent settlement, the Russian village of Oymyakon, has seen temperatures as low as -71.2C. With an average temperature of -50C, the population of 500 people are permanently subjected to some of the worst winter weather conditions on the planet.

Source: Daily Mail | Comments (18)

Tags: Antarctica


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 9 December, 2013, 4:49
Wouldnt CO2 freeze right out of the air at that temp?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 9 December, 2013, 14:49
Wouldnt CO2 freeze right out of the air at that temp? According to Wiki, the freezing point of CO2 is -78.5 C, so your answer is yes, unless other conditions might somehow prevent that.
Comment icon #11 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 9 December, 2013, 15:18
And all this time I thought the coldest place on earth was inside my ex-wife's heart.
Comment icon #12 Posted by highdesert50 on 9 December, 2013, 20:28
I suppose that makes the average Martian temperature of -50C relatively balmy.
Comment icon #13 Posted by calvinb on 10 December, 2013, 23:24
Ice Ice babby too cold.....
Comment icon #14 Posted by Realm on 12 December, 2013, 14:00
132F below zero. No, thanks.
Comment icon #15 Posted by gatekeeper32 on 17 December, 2013, 22:59
A place not to be at when nature calls. Brrrr Cold
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hankenhunter on 11 January, 2014, 10:27
Is that static temperature? I wonder if the wind chill factor could bump it even lower?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Doug1o29 on 11 January, 2014, 17:00
Wow, I didn't realize it got that cold on earth. Where I used to live I saw temperatures of -50C, and I thought that was God-awful. Can't imagine how this would feel. At that, it barely edged out Oymyakov, Russia by only half a degree. That town has held the record since 1933! Moscow, IDAHO got a -48 degrees C. in 1969. Down here in Oklahoma, we had some -40s in 1886 - that's OUR all-time record. Doug
Comment icon #18 Posted by Doug1o29 on 11 January, 2014, 17:02
There have been a number of -55s and -60s from the Yukon. Doug


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