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The Pole of Cold - 18 Feb 2013 
Photographer Maxim Shemetov spent two weeks in the extreme environment of the Oymyakon valley in the Republic of Sakha, in northeast Russia. Here in the 'Pole of Cold', as it is known, the coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere have been recorded since the beginning of the 20th century. According to the United Kingdom Met Office in 1933 a record-breaking temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered. Despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). 
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February 18, 2013 
A man passes a sign saying "Oymyakon 'Pole of Cold'" on the site of a former meteorological station in... 
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A man passes sign saying on site of former meteorological station in the village of Oymyakon, in the... 
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, northeast Russia, January 26, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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February 18, 2013 
The roof of a house is covered with snow in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in the Republic... 
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The roof of a house is covered with snow in the village of Tomtor 
The roof of a house is covered with snow in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 24, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
A woman passes a board on a building, displaying the local time, temperature, humidity and air pressure... 
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A woman passes a board on a building, displaying the local time, temperature, humidity and air pressure... 
A woman passes a board on a building, displaying the local time, temperature, humidity and air pressure in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 17, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA
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February 18, 2013 
A car covered in ice is pictured near a playground in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia,... 
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A car covered in ice is pictured near a playground in Yakutsk 
A car covered in ice is pictured near a playground in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, February 4, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
Traffic lights are seen covered in snow in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January... 
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Traffic lights are seen covered in snow in Yakutsk 
Traffic lights are seen covered in snow in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 17, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January, 17 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
A man walks through a courtyard in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, February 3, 2013.... 
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A man walks through a courtyard in Yakutsk 
A man walks through a courtyard in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, February 3, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
People wait to cross a road in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, February 4, 2013.... 
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People wait to cross a road in Yakutsk 
People wait to cross a road in Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, February 4, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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February 18, 2013 
A woman wrapped in fur is pictured in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of... 
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A woman wrapped in fur is pictured in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley 
A woman wrapped in fur is pictured in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 28, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
A general view of the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia,... 
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A general view of the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley 
A general view of the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 28, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY CITYSCAPE ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
A car drives along a road outside the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January... 
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A car drives along a road outside the village of Tomtor 
A car drives along a road outside the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January 17, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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February 18, 2013 
Smoke rises above houses in the village of Maralayi, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January... 
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Smoke rises above houses in the village of Maralayi, in the Republic of Sakha 
Smoke rises above houses in the village of Maralayi, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
A view of snow-covered houses in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha,... 
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A view of snow-covered houses in the village of Tomtor 
A view of snow-covered houses in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 24, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
Sergei Burtsev, 41, a meteorologist, prepares to launch a weather balloon in the village of Tomtor in... 
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Burtsev, a meteorologist, prepares to launch a weather balloon in the village of Tomtor 
Sergei Burtsev, 41, a meteorologist, prepares to launch a weather balloon in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 30, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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February 18, 2013 
Igor Vinokurov, 35, knocks snow and ice off a frozen washing line in the village of Oymyakon, in the... 
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Vinokurov knocks snow and ice off a frozen washing line in the village of Oymyakon 
Igor Vinokurov, 35, knocks snow and ice off a frozen washing line in the village of Oymyakon, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 26, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
A thermometer shows a temperature around -55 degrees celsius in the village of Tomtorin in the Oymyakon... 
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A thermometer shows a temperature around -55 degrees celsius in the village of Tomtor 
A thermometer shows a temperature around -55 degrees celsius in the village of Tomtorin in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January 22, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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February 18, 2013 
A man takes a dip in the icy waters of the Lena River inside a tent to celebrate Orthodox Epiphany outside... 
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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... 
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, northeast Russia, January 18, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT RELIGION)

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February 18, 2013 
Nikolay Vinokurov, 7, and his sister Vera Vinokurova, 9, have lunch at their grandmother's house in the... 
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Nikolay Vinokurov, and sister Vera have lunch at their grandmother's house in village of Tomto 
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, northeast Russia, January 21, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
Igor Vinokurov, 35, shakes snow from a washing line in the village of Oymyakon in northeast Russia, January... 
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Vinokurov shakes snow a from washing line in the village of Oymyakon 
Igor Vinokurov, 35, shakes snow from a washing line in the village of Oymyakon in northeast Russia, January 26, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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February 18, 2013 
Children run across the central square in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia,... 
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Children run across the central square in the village of Tomtor 
Children run across the central square in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January 28, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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February 18, 2013 
A girl poses for a picture in the village of Oymyakon, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January... 
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A girl poses for a picture in the village of Oymyakon, in the Republic of Sakha 
A girl poses for a picture in the village of Oymyakon, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 26, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
Sargylana Mozhukova, 35, hangs washing in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia,... 
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Mozhukova hangs washing in the village of Tomtor 
Sargylana Mozhukova, 35, hangs washing in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, February 2, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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February 18, 2013 
A man sells fish at the Farmers' Market in Yakutsk in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January... 
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A man sells fish at the Farmers' Market in Yakutsk 
A man sells fish at the Farmers' Market in Yakutsk in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January 17, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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February 18, 2013 
Andrei Vinokurov, 37, a wrestling trainer, poses for a picture in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon... 
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Vinokurov, wrestling trainer, looks on in the village of Tomtor in Oymyakon valley 
Andrei Vinokurov, 37, a wrestling trainer, poses for a picture in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeastern Russia, January 21, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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February 18, 2013 
A view shows ice sculptures on the Lena river, constructed for the celebration of Orthodox Epiphany outside... 
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A view shows ice sculptures on the Lena river, constructed for the celebration of Orthodox Epiphany outside... 
A view shows ice sculptures on the Lena river, constructed for the celebration of Orthodox Epiphany outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 17, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY ENVIRONMENT RELIGION)

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February 18, 2013 
Ships are moored on the banks of a river for the winter outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast... 
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Ships are moored on the banks of a river for the winter outside Yakutsk 
Ships are moored on the banks of a river for the winter outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 18, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY MARITIME TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
Locals clear an ice-hole on the Labynkyr lake to prepare for a dive in the Oymyakon valley in northeast... 
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Locals clear an ice-hole on the Labynkyr lake to prepare for a dive some 100 km south of Oymyakon 
Locals clear an ice-hole on the Labynkyr lake to prepare for a dive in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, February 1, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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February 18, 2013 
Alexander Gubin, 43, prepares to dive into the frozen Labynkyr lake, some 100 km south from Oymyakon... 
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Alexander Gubin, 43, prepares to dive into the frozen Labynkyr lake 
Alexander Gubin, 43, prepares to dive into the frozen Labynkyr lake, some 100 km south from Oymyakon in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, February 1, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA
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February 18, 2013 
Ruslan, 35, loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia,... 
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Ruslan, 35, loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk 
Ruslan, 35, loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 17, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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February 18, 2013 
Ruslan, 35, loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia,... 
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A man named Ruslan loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk in Russia 
Ruslan, 35, loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January 17, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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A man walks through a tunnel formed from crystals of permafrost outside the village of Tomtor 
A man walks through a tunnel formed from crystals of permafrost outside the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January 28, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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A view of the snowy landscape near Vostochnaya meteorological station, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast... 
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A view of the snowy landscape near Vostochnaya meteorological station 
A view of the snowy landscape near Vostochnaya meteorological station, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 20, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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A view of the snowy landscape near Vostochnaya meteorological station 
A view of the snowy landscape near Vostochnaya meteorological station in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January 20, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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Lumberjacks Alexey Egorov, 45, and Semion Vinokurov, 53, cut down a tree in the forest outside the village... 
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Lumberjacks Alexey Egorov and Semion Vinokurov cut down a tree in the forest outside the village of Tomtor... 
Lumberjacks Alexey Egorov, 45, and Semion Vinokurov, 53, cut down a tree in the forest outside the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 29, 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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Lumberjack Alexey Egorov, 45, works in the forest outside the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley... 
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Lumberjack Alexey Egorov, 45, works in the forest outside the village of Tomtor in Oymyakon valley 
Lumberjack Alexey Egorov, 45, works in the forest outside the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeastern Russia, January 29, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933 .REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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A dog lies on wood shavings in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in the Republic of Sakha,... 
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A dog lies on wood shavings in the village of Tomtor 
A dog lies on wood shavings in the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 24, 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. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)

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Lumberjacks Alexey Egorov, 45, (L) and Semion VInokurov, 53, lunch in the cabin of their truck in forest... 
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Lumberjacks Alexey Egorov, 45, and Semion VInokurov, 53, eat lunch in the cabin of their truck in the... 
Lumberjacks Alexey Egorov, 45, (L) and Semion VInokurov, 53, lunch in the cabin of their truck in forest outside Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley, in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 29, 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. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)

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A man takes a drink in the cabin of his truck in the village of Ytyk-Kyuyol 
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. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)

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A minibus drives along an ice road across the Lena river, outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast... 
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A minibus drives along an ice road across the Lena river 
A minibus drives along an ice road across the Lena river, outside Yakutsk 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. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A car drives through the snow at night near Vostochnaya meteorological station 
A car drives through the snow at night near Vostochnaya meteorological station, some 500 km northeast of Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, January 20, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere have been recorded in Sakha, the location of the 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 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer). Picture taken January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY ENVIRONMENT)

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