Yakutsk, Siberia has been dubbed "the coldest city". Winter there lasts from October until May, and the temperature can get as low as -55 degrees. 98% of the town is covered in permafrost. Since permafrost is an unstable surface to build on, the buildings there are built on stilts that are drilled into the ground. The stores there sell frozen milk and frozen fish!
Despite the weather, this town is home to 240,000 people. The Czars used to exile their political opponents to this area. Under Soviet control, Gulag prisoners were sent there to work in mining. The Soviet Union spent billions developing the area to develop the region, because it is rich in natural resources. This is where 20% of the world's rough diamonds come from, and there are also deposits of silver, gold, and coal.
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