Antarctica spot coldest on Earth

December 11, 2013 - 6:12:29 am
WASHINGTON: The coldest place on Earth is a high ridge on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures fell to a record minus 93.2 degrees Celsius on August 10, 2010, Nasa has said.

The previous record was a bracing minus 53.6 degrees Celsius, 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 Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

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