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    Dec 22, 2014

    19 Chilling Photos From The Coldest Place On Earth

    Photographer Amos Chapple takes a frigid journey into the coldest region of the world.

    Photographer Amos Chapple travels to what is considered to be the coldest inhabited settlement on Earth: The Sakha Republic of Russia.

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    Many ethnic Russians and Ukrainians were assigned to live in the capital city of Yakutsk during the soviet era.

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    Bus stop in Yakutsk

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    A local woman enters Preobrazhensky Cathedral in a swirl of freezing mist.

    Steam from factories, cars and people creates a thick fog in winter which lingers through the coldest weeks.

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    No-nonsense guard dog in the suburbs.

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    A Yakutian woman in the city center.

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    Summer shoes waiting out the winter in a shed in the suburbs.

    The village of Oymyakon lies a two day drive from the city of Yakutsk, the regional capital.

    Amos Chapple

    Cars must be run continuously when making the journey to Oymyakon, so 24-hour petrol stations are essential to winter transport.

    Workers in the isolated petrol stations of the region work two-weeks on, two weeks off.

    Amos Chapple
    Amos Chapple

    A view of Stalin's "Road of Bones", the route to Oymyakon, on a -50c evening. Without a rail link to the city, the highway remains the only major land route into and out of Yakutsk.

    The highway was constructed with Gulag prison labour. Prisoners who died during construction were interred in the fabric of the road.

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    Originally settled by reindeer herders, Oymyakon has a population today of 500 and is known by its residents as the "Pole of Cold."

    Amos Chapple
    Amos Chapple

    Most toilets in the town are long trips out on the street due to the difficulty of digging plumbing through the permanently frozen soil.

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    Alexander Platnov, 52, a retired teacher, dressed for a quick dash to the toilet.

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    A toilet on the tundra at a petrol stop on the road to Oymyakon.

    The town's only shop supplies provisions for the entire isolated community.

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    A man heads into the Oymyakon's store.

    Heating is provided for the village by a coal-fired water heating plant. Every morning this digger delivers fresh coal to the plant and carries away the burnt cinder.

    Amos Chapple
    Amos Chapple

    Here, warmth is the most important of commodities.

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    Farmer Nikolai Petrovich closes the door to his cows' heavily-insulated stable after putting the herd to bed for the night.

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    Oymakon village at dawn; the heating plant and its constant plume of coal smoke at left.

    Amos Chapple is a photographer based in New Zealand. To view more of his work, check out his website at http://www.amoschapplephoto.com/.

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