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. Getting cold feet yet? The ground is too cold for burials. When someone passes away, a fire must be lit before a grave can be dug, in order to heat the ground. The people of Oymyakon take great pride in being locals. But even they shut things down when the thermometer drops below -58° F. Livestock is a vital part of life in Oymyakon. In the native language, Oymyakon means “unfrozen water,” which likely reference to the hot springs in town that reindeer herders used to visit. The heating plant in Oymyakon is a key part of the life and economy of the town. Oymyakon is about as north as towns go. Their diet mostly consists of frozen fish and meat soup, as no crops can grow in the region. 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. Chapple first had to stop off in the nearest city, Yaktusk, where he met a number of residents. In Oymyakon, the record low temperature is documented with pride. Cars must be kept in heated garages while not running, or risk permanent decommission. The cold made it extremely difficult to operate the camera. Chapple had to hold his breath so...

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