Where Are the Coldest and Hotest Spots on Earth?

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  1. alex sam Registered Member

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    The hottest continent on earth is Africa.

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    It was on this continent, in the country of Libya, a desert nation on the southern shores of the Mediterranean, in which the highest temperatures on earth were recorded. The thermometer hit a record high of 136.4 degrees F.

    The United States comes in second in the race for high temperatures. Death Valley, California, one time hit a high of 130 degrees F. The United States comes in first, though, so far as changes in temperature go. In Spearfish, South Dakota, the temperature once rose 49 degrees in just two minutes.

    The record for the coldest cold is not at the North Pole in the Arctic. That honor is held by Antarctica, which is the coldest continent on earth. A world record for cold was set at Vostok. The temperature hit an all-time low of 126.9 degrees F. below zero.
     
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  3. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    "… the temperature in Vostok, Antarctica, dropped to nearly−129 °F/ -89.2 °C, the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth."
     
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  5. jmpet Valued Senior Member

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    Thank you for posting a thread that answers the question you thought up.
     
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  7. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Just correcting a mistake I saw that was made with the numbers, that was all.
     
  8. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    I think he/she was talking about the OP
     
  9. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    Since the OP asks for the coldest "spot" on earth, well this would be a record −273.15 °C recorded in Helsink in 1999.



    In the Low Temperature Laboratory

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    Most likely also the coldest spot in the universe.
     
  10. Shadow1 Valued Senior Member

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    i know the hotest natural place on earth is in libya; arab maghre; north africa. the heat their can reach 58°C, that's in the desert, not on the cities
    what i mean by natural, is the place, envirement, because you defferently can find hotter spots.
    or colder spots.
     
  11. pluto2 Registered Senior Member

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    Subtropical deserts like the Sahara and the Namib desert can have pretty high temperatures. In Aswan (Egpyt) temperatures can reach well over 40 degrees celcius during summer.

    However the plain and dunes of the Namib desert are very beautiful and their color reminds a bit of Mars:

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    The coldest spots on earth outside Antarctica are some of the highest peaks of the world: Mount Logan in the Canadian province of Yukon. A temperature of −77.5 °C (−108 °F) was recorded on Mount Logan in 1991, which may be the coldest temperature ever recorded in the northern hemisphere.

    The peak of Mount Everest which rises to 8848 meters in the Himalayas on the border between Nepal and China is a very cold place too. If mount Everest was located where Mount Logan is then I think it would be the coldest spot on earth with temperatures droping to -95 degress Celcius. Mount Denali in Alaska (in the United States) can be quite cold and stormy too.
     
  12. raptorttail Registered Member

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    I've worked in thhe Canadian Arctic in winter and in the Nevada desert in the summer. Both can be demanding (and deadly)....but..

    ...Give the cold anytime...invigorating, healthy feel. The body feels so good if you are dressed for it. One feels like the senses are working on full speed.

    In contrast, in the extreme heat I need to be poked by a stick just to stop from curling up.
     
  13. Skeptical Registered Senior Member

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    Actually, the hottest places on Earth, where there is still life, are at the bottom of the deep ocean, next to geothermal outlets, where under the immense pressures, the water stays liquid at more than 200 C.

    Of course the real hottest place on Earth is the Earth's core. We do not know what that is, exactly, but is probably more than 3000 C.
     
  14. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    This is due to our much greater ability as warm blooded animals to deal with cold than with heat. We are already "burning" inside so it is easier to retain this heat than try to lose it in hot weather.
     

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