#23 Oymyakon Village, at Dawn – The Coldest Village on Earth:
If you’re just dying to see what the coldest village on Earth looks like, but don’t actually want to go there and freeze your ass off, you’re in luck! Start scrolling…
#22 Soviet-Era Monument marking Oymyakon’s record-breaking temperature of -96.16° Fahrenheit:
#21 A woman braces against the cold as she crosses the street. -63° Fahrenheit. Just another day in Yakutsk:
#20 A frozen statue of former Governor Ivan Kraft:
#19 The thick blanket of steam is from the factories, people and cars. It hangs, frozen in the air during the winter’s coldest weeks.
#18 These frozen statues are part of a memorial park which honors the fallen Yakutians of World War II.
#17 A dog stands guard outside a frozen home:
#16 An ice-crusted home in the city center:
#15 A pair of frozen shoes hang, patiently waiting summer’s return:
#14 A man uses a blowtorch to thaw his drive-shaft:
#13 A frozen fish market:
#12 A local farmer, dressed to make a quick trip to the toilet:
#11 Toilet on a tundra:
#10 Freshly plowed roads on a beautiful Yakutian day:
#9 A coal-powered water heating plant keeps the world’s coldest village livable.
#8 “Keeping the fire alive” – Every day, workers must clean the ashes before delivering fresh coal to the water-heating plant.
#7 After a brief day, a farmer settles his cattle into their heavily insulated stables:
#6 Many ethnic Ukrainians and Russians moved to Yakutsk during the height of the Soviet Union. They agreed to cope with the harsh environment in exchange for much higher wages.
#5 The snow-swept village’s only store:
#4 A woman entering Preobrazhensky Cathedral
#3 A frozen bus stop in Yakutsk.
#2 Café Cuba is a teahouse that serves local delicacies like reindeer soup and hot tea:
#1 Even the coldest village on Earth has its scoundrels. This drunken man threatened the photographer only moments prior:
Images: Amos Chapple
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