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Life @ the coldest place on planet

Last updated on: February 20, 2013 08:20 IST

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Residents of Oymyakon, a remote village in far northern hemisphere, do not turn off their cars because they might not start again. Mobile networks too do not work here.

A sign on the road to the village centre reads: "Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold". Quite obvious, considering that the place has the distinction of being the coldest inhabited place on the planet.

The average temperature of the village for January hovered around a comfortable -50 degree Celsius. Comfortable because the village's lowest recorded temperature stands at -71.2 degree Celsius.

According to the Daily Mail, the 500-odd residents of this village rely on the meat of horses and reindeer, and schools only shut down if the temperature goes below -52 degree Celsius.

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Image: Traffic lights are seen covered in snow in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia
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A minibus drives along an ice road across the Lena river, outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 19, 2013

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A man takes a drink in the cabin of his truck in the village of Ytyk-Kyuyol in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia January 19, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere have been recorded in Sakha, the location of the Oymyakon valley, where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933

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Ruslan, 35, loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk

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A thermometer shows a temperature around -55 degrees celsius in the village of Tomtorin in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia

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Lumberjacks Alexey Egorov, 45, (L) and Semion VInokurov, 53, lunch in the cabin of their truck in forest outside Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley

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A view of the snowy landscape near Vostochnaya meteorological station, in the Republic of Sakha

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Ships are moored on the banks of a river for the winter outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha

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Nikolay Vinokurov, 7, and his sister Vera Vinokurova, 9, have lunch at their grandmother's house in the village of Tomtor, in the Republic of Sakha

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A man takes a dip in the icy waters of the Lena River inside a tent to celebrate Orthodox Epiphany outside Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha

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A man walks through a courtyard in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia

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The roof of a house is covered with snow in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley

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A man passes a sign saying "Oymyakon 'Pole of Cold'" on the site of a former meteorological station in the village of Oymyakon, in the Republic of Sakha

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A man sells fish at the Farmers' Market in Yakutsk in the Oymyakon valley

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A man walks through a tunnel formed from crystals of permafrost outside the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley

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A view shows ice sculptures on the Lena river, constructed for the celebration of Orthodox Epiphany outside Yakutsk

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Sergei Burtsev, 41, a meteorologist, prepares to launch a weather balloon in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley

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