This place in Russia is so cold that trees explode, mercury freezes, and your breath turns to ice!

This place in Russia is so cold that trees explode, mercury freezes, and your breath turns to ice!

On the positive side, you’ll never have to worry about your ice cream melting.

Siberia isn’t a place many people want to live. Most humans simply aren’t built to withstand its freezing cold, incredibly unpleasant weather, and even those who are often don’t consider themselves fans.

In fact, Siberia is so disliked that, during his reign, Joseph Stalin would banish many of his enemies to the region, seeing it as one of the worst possible punishments he could hand down to them

But that doesn’t mean cool things can’t happen there.

In Yakutia, located within the Siberian far east, temperatures rest at around minus 35 degrees Celsius. At such a low temperature, things don’t always act as you’d expect.

When you breathe in Yakutia, instead of the water vapors evaporating, they condense and turn into small ice crystals. Instead of staying stiff and strong, fallen trees explode and emit blue sparks. Even mercury freezes in such cold weather.

The lowest temperature ever recorded on the Earth’s surface was minus 93.2 degrees celsius in Antarctica. Minus 273.15 degrees celsius, or Absolute Zero, is theoretically the lowest temperature that can be achieved.

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