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The Coldest Village on Earth

If you think that the winter where you live is cold, the people in the village of Oymyakon, Russia will have a good chuckle at your expense. Located in the heart of Siberia, Oymyakon is considered to be the coldest inhabitable place in the world. With a temperature record of −90°F (−67°C) back in 1933, and an average of −60°F (−50°C) in January, it’s easy to see why.

When Amos Chappel, a photographer from New-Zealand, traveled to this frozen location, he brought back incredible pictures depicting the daily lives of the 500 inhabitants of this extraordinary village.

The only road to Oymyakon, known as "The Road of Bones"

The coldest Village on Earth

A cloud of cold, blowing into a local building

The coldest Village on Earth

The local market in Yakutsk

The coldest Village on Earth
 
The coldest Village on Earth
The coldest Village on Earth

A coal-burning plant provides the locals with heating

The coldest Village on Earth
 
The coldest Village on Earth

You can't even leave your shoes outside

The coldest Village on Earth
 
The coldest Village on Earth

The only shop in the village is a general store

The coldest Village on Earth

A cattle herdsman

The coldest Village on Earth

To keep his cows warm, a local farmer built them a special barn.

The coldest Village on Earth
 
The coldest Village on Earth
 
The coldest Village on Earth

The village sign: Oymyakon - "Pole of Cold"

The coldest Village on Earth

Cars must be kept running or else they freeze and won't restart.

The coldest Village on Earth

It's impossible to have indoor plumbing because it freezes

The coldest Village on Earth
 
The coldest Village on Earth
 
The coldest Village on Earth

A local beauty

The coldest Village on Earth

These dogs have an extra-thick layer of fur to keep them warm

The coldest Village on Earth
 
The coldest Village on Earth

Some of the images were taken in nearby Yakutsk – the coldest city in the world.

For more of Amos' work, visit his website: amoschapplephoto.com

 

H/T: petapixel.com

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