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    Satellite Picks Out Coldest Place on Earth

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    Using data collected by satellites, scientists have identified the coldest place on Earth and unsurprisingly, it is on the continent of Antarctica.

    Using data collected by satellites, scientists have identified the coldest place on Earth and unsurprisingly, it is on the continent of Antarctica.

    The preliminary reading from August of 2010 sets the record at negative 135 point 8 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 93 point 2 degrees Celsius.

    This reading is based on the air temperature several feet above the surface of land near the middle of Antarctica.

    Researchers say that further analysis of data from other sensors might reveal a place nearby that is even colder, but only by the small margin of around a single degree.

    Ted Scambos from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado is quoted as saying: “The way I like to put it is that it's almost as cold below freezing as boiling water is above freezing. The new low is a good 50 degrees colder than temperatures in Alaska or Siberia, and about 30 degrees colder than the summit of Greenland.”

    The pockets of extremely cold air are caused by elevation and air movement patterns affected by temperature.

    Back in 2005, the hottest place ever recorded on Earth was in an Iranian desert of Iran, which reached just under 160 degrees Fahrenheit.