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Russia: Journey to the Pole of Cold by Bjoern Steinz (46 images)

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The coldest populated place in the northern hemisphere.

The Pole of Cold is in the Republic of Sakha, also known as Yakutia, in the remote north east of Russia. Two villages, Oymyakon and Verkhoyansk, vie for the title. The Oymyakon valley is surrounded by high mountain ranges which prevent warmer air from getting into the valley, making it extremely cold in the winter. The cold air cannot leave the valley and collects there for several months.

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