Coldest place on Earth

Small dips in the snow atop the Antarctic plateau have set new records for the coldest ever surface temperature on Earth, a distinctly chilly -93.2 °C.

Coldest place on Earth

The record was set on 10 August, 2010, when the surface temperature plummeted to -93.2 °C. Another pocket dropped to -93 °C on 31 July, 2013. These record lows occurred in small dips in the ice along a 1000-kilometre section of the ridge that stretches between Dome Fuji and Dome Argus, two of the summits on the East Antarctic ice sheet.

The temperatures are a few degrees colder than the previous lowest measured air temperature of -89.2 °C, set in 1983 at the Russian Vostok Research Station. Learn more here.

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