Photos: You Probably May Not Be Able To Survive In Oymyakon: The World’s Coldest City


coldest city forest road

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You Probably May Not Be Able To Survive In Oymyakon: The World’s Coldest City , On the way to Oymyakon, gasoline can freeze solid if the vehicle is not left running. Sometimes during long night drives the driver will stop in the middle of the road and sleep in the car with lights shining and the engine running.

coldest city oil can fire

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Shortly before the photo was taken, a young drunk man in Oymyakon warned Chapple, “In the nighttime these streets belong to me.”

coldest city driveshaft torch

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A man uses a torch to thaw the driveshaft of his frozen truck.

coldest city bathroom time

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Due to the difficulty of digging plumbing in the region, most bathrooms are pit latrines out on the street. Retired school teacher Alexander Platonov bundles up to make the dash to the toilet.

coldest city cow stable

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To keep his cows from freezing, farmer Nicholai Petrovich has a highly insulated stable that they sleep in at night.

coldest city supply shop

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Oymyakon has but one shop to provide supplies to the remote and isolated community.

coldest city coal tractor

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Early each day this tractor is used to supply new coal to the plant and remove the burnt cinder from the previous day.

coldest city record low

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A Communist-era sign which reads “Oymyakon, The Pole of Cold” marks the record breaking low of -96.16 °F in 1924.

coldest city heating plant

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Oymyakon’s heating plant runs round the clock with an ever present plume of smoke rising into the winter sky.


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