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Iakutsk

Iakutsk (129.75E 62.04N) was the location of an airstrip in eastern Siberia. It was part of the America-Siberia air bridge for Lend-Lease.

Iakutsk was founded over three centuries ago on the Lena River. Though rich in natural resources, the area is extremely isolated, with no rail connections until the 21st century. The city is perhaps the coldest major city in the world, with average winter temperatures of -29F (-34C). Permafrost is a major hindrance to construction. Oddly, summer temperatures can exceed 90F (30C).

References

Moscow Times (24 July 2013)

Weeks (2004)

"What's the world's coldest city?" The Guardian (28 Jan 2018)



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