What Is the Coldest Place on Earth?


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The coldest place on Earth is Antarctica, the continent that spreads across the southern end of the planet. The lowest temperature recorded there was -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit. The mean temperature in winter at McMurdo Station is -14.8 degrees F. The mean temperature in summer is about 27 degrees F.

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Antarctica is the fifth-largest continent at 5.4 million square miles, and most of the continent is covered with permanent ice. It has no cities, no arable land and no permanent population. It is not owned by any one country. It is not only the coldest place on earth, but the windiest and the driest.

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