Oymyakon, Russia – The Coldest Town On Earth!

Photographer Amos Chapple set out to discover exactly what it takes to live in Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest town on Earth, where the record low reached -96.16° F. This general store is the only source of items for the entire town. Livestock is a vital part of life in Oymyakon. Outhouses are the only means of relief as the ground is much too cold, making plumbing a non-option. Surprisingly, the city’s population is around 300,000. The average temperature in the winter is -30° F (!) In the native language, Oymyakon means “unfrozen water,” which likely reference to the hot springs in town that reindeer herders used to visit. The cold made it extremely difficult to operate the camera. Chapple had to hold his breath so the frozen cloud of air wouldn’t obscure the shot. Also, the frigid temperatures began to make focusing the camera a chore since they froze the mechanisms in the lens. The attendants at this gas station work in 2 week shifts: 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. If you turn off your engine here, it won’t be restarting – the cold is too intense. Cars must be kept in heated garages while not running, or risk permanent decommission. On the journey north, Chapple was stranded for two days in the Cafe Cuba (below) and lived off of reindeer soup and hot tea until another car showed up to take him the rest of the way to Oymyakon. The people of Oymyakon take great pride in being locals. But even they shut things down when the thermometer drops below -58° F. In Oymyakon, the record low...

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