Coldest Place on Earth!

Coldest place

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Which is the coldest place on Earth? Antarctica of course!  But where in Antarctica and how did the scientist find that out? With the help of a new remote sensing satellite, NASA-USGS LandSat 8, that is orbiting the Earth. It keeps an eye on the effects of changing climate on the land surface. Scientist can track these changes earlier than later and prevent that from happening if required.

Recently, scientists analysed data from this satellite and other to find that the coldest point on Antarctica is a high ridge on the East Antarctic Plateau. The temperature recorded here is 136F (minus 93.2). Earlier,  the Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica was recorded as the coldest place on earth at 128.6 F (minus 89.2).

This discovery was possible because of the findings of NASA-USGS LandSat 8. NASA-USGS Landsat 8 has captures approximately 550 snapshots per day of Earth’s land surface.  Almost one snap every three minutes :) No wonder nothing escapes this satellite.

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