Would You Survive in the Coldest Place Inhabited by Humans?
Have you ever wondered where the coldest inhabited town might be? The area is Siberia, as some of you might have guessed, but the precise location is the town of Oymyakon. In this small village, the average minimum temperature for the winter months is steadily below −50 °C (−58 °F) whereas the summer months enjoy "warmer" temperatures, with the highest average touching −10 °C (14 °F). Interestingly enough, the city is named after the Oymyakon River flowing nearby. In turn, the river's name is said to recall the word "kheim", meaning "unfrozen patch of water, or, a place where fish spend the winter," although some assert that it is rooted in the word "heyum", meaning "frozen lake." Concerning sunlight, day length in the northern part of the village varies from 3 hours in December to 21 hours in June. As you can imagine, the critical climate we have described poses substantial challenges to the town's residents. As reported on The Independent, simply wearing glasses in such conditions can cause them to stick to the person's skin. But this is just one of the most frugal discomforts extremely cold weather can cause. In fact, houses in Oymyakon have very little indoor plumbing due to the frozen ground, motor vehicles parked outside must be left on (or their engines go into deep freeze), and the population's main nutriment is meat as there is no possibility to grow crops. Following, is a short gallery with some photographs shot by Amos Chapple during his short stay in Oymyakon. Do you think you could survive here?