What It's Like To Live In Oymyakon, The Coldest Town On Earth.
This path has two names, but you certainly wouldn't want to know what lies beneath your tires.
It's officially known as the Kolyma Highway, but it was constructed using the bones of forced laborers, who died. Their remains were used as the foundation for the highway, which is why it became known as the Road of Bones.
At the entrance of Earth's coldest village is a sign in Russian that reads "Oymyakon, The Pole Of Cold."
It's essentially a warning to travelers that they're about to enter one of the coldest, and most remote regions in the world. It's almost surprising to believe that in the summer, the temperature can go as high as 94F.
Horses and pets have to get by on the kindness of the human villagers in order to survive.
Unfortunately, the freezing temperatures make it impossible to grow any kind of crops here throughout the year, so that poor horse that's trying to dig for food in the ground is practically wasting its time. This also explains why the villagers rely heavily on meat.
There is another downside to the freezing temperatures that totally bums kids out here.
If you happen to be a kid in Oymyakon, school doesn't get canceled unless the temperature drops below 61F. In other words, they have to endure the chilly weather in school, but it's still better than freezing outside.
You're probably wondering how the folks in this village manage to avoid freezing to death.
With the temperatures so low, a home or a school can turn into a cold storage locker fast. Fortunately, Oymyakon can thank the coal heating plant for keeping everyone warm during the extremely cold winter.
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