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The coldest place on Earth: Record temperature of -93 Celsius

Published on Dec 11, 2013 6:59 AM
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With remote-sensing satellites, scientists have found the coldest places on Earth, just off a ridge in the East Antarctic Plateau, as illustrated in this graphic courtesy of NASA released on Dec 9, 2013. Commuters in northeastern US might have felt they were battling the coldest weather in the world as they trudged through snow on Tuesday, but they may be warmed to know it could be far worse. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Commuters in northeastern US might have felt they were battling the coldest weather in the world as they trudged through snow on Tuesday, but they may be warmed to know it could be far worse.

The coldest place on Earth is in fact a high ridge on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures plunged to a record minus 135.8 Fahrenheit (minus 93.2 Celsius) on August 10, 2010, Nasa said.

The previous record was a bracing minus 128.6 Fahrenheit, set in 1983 at the Russian Vostok Research Station, also in East Antarctica, Nasa said.

"We had a suspicion this Antarctic ridge was likely to be extremely cold, and colder than Vostok because it's higher up the hill," said Dr Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

 
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