Welcome to the coldest village on Earth
If you thought it was cold where you are at the moment then a visit to the Russian village of Oymyakon might just change your mind. With the average temperature for January standing at -50C, it is no wonder the village is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world. Known as the ‘Pole of Cold’, the coldest ever temperature recorded in Oymyakon was -71.2C.
Russian village of Oymyakon has lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location. Nothing grows so locals live off diet of reindeer meat and horse meat but never suffer malnourishment. Locals keep their cars running all day for fear of them not starting again if turned off. Digging graves for a funeral can take up to three days as ground has to be thawed with hot coals.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them:
1. Would you like to visit Oymyakon? Why (not)?
2. What do you think: why do people live in such extreme places? Why don’t they move to a place with more comfortable living conditions?
3. Which of the photos in the text did you like most? Why?