Coldest part of the world identified (video)

Posted Dec 17, 2013 by Tim Sandle
Using thermal-sensing satellites, scientists have pinpointed a region in East Antarctica with the coldest recorded temperatures on Earth.
A small sastrugi on the surface of the Antarctic Plateau  with SnoCat vehicle in the distance.
A small sastrugi on the surface of the Antarctic Plateau, with SnoCat vehicle in the distance.
Stephen Bannister
A range of icy slopes in Antarctica have been reported as the coldest place on Earth. This area is the East Antarctic plateau (sometimes referred to as the Polar Plateau), according to the Daily Mail. To identify the location, the researchers analyzed over 30 years of data from several satellite instruments that have mapped Antarctica's surface temperature.
Frigid pockets of air downhill from the East Antarctic plateau can chill ice surfaces to as low as –93.2°Celsius (133.6 degrees Fahrenheit). This temperature is colder than dry ice, the Daily Telegraph points out. The new record is several degrees colder than the previous low of minus 128.6 F (minus 89.2 C), set in 1983 at the Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica.
The plateau is at an average elevation of about 9,800 feet. The high elevations of the Antarctic Plateau, combined with its high latitudes, and its extremely long sunless winters, account for the extremely low temperatures.
NASA has issued a video explaining the new region and the record low temperature:
The new record low temperature was reported at the American Geophysical Union. The study was carried out by Ted Scambos of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. The Independent notes that despite the new recorded low it will not be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. This is because the temperatures were satellite measured, not from thermometers.