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02/18/2013

Editor's Choice - Pictures of the Day - The Cold Pole - February 18, 2013

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The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, where according to the United Kingdom Met Office, a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer).

 

Here's a glimpse into the lives of the people who inhabit this harsh region of Russia.

 

 

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A minibus drives along an ice road across the Lena river, outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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A girl bundled up for the cold in the village of Oymyakon, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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A man passes a sign saying "Oymyakon 'Pole of Cold'" on the site of a former meteorological station in the village of Oymyakon, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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Lumberjacks Alexey Egorov, 45, (L) and Semion VInokurov, 53, lunch in the cabin of their truck in forest outside Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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A general view of the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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Ships are moored on the banks of a river for the winter outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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A view shows ice sculptures on the Lena river, constructed for the celebration of Orthodox Epiphany outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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Alexander Gubin, 43, prepares to dive into the frozen Labynkyr lake, some 100 km south from Oymyakon in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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Ruslan, 35, loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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Traffic lights are seen covered in snow in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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A woman wrapped in fur walks in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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A car drives through the snow at night near Vostochnaya meteorological station, some 500 km northeast of Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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Trees are covered with hoarfrost, with the air temperature at about minus 46 degrees Celsius (minus 50.8 degrees Fahrenheit), in the eastern Siberian city of Yakutsk in the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic.

 

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A woman passes a board on a building, displaying the local time, temperature, humidity and air pressure in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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A dog lies on wood shavings in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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A view of the snowy landscape near Vostochnaya meteorological station, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

 

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A man takes a drink in the cabin of his truck in the village of Ytyk-Kyuyol in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia.

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