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  • P. Neuman self only
    ... From: bobmagi Here are some records that disagree with yours. One thing to remember is that at 11,444 feet, Vostok is above about a third of the Earth s
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      From: bobmagi
      Here are some records that disagree with yours. One thing to remember is
      that at 11,444 feet, Vostok is above about a third of the Earth's
      atmopshere, and a third of the GHG CO2. I'm note sure if the ozone hole
      exists right now, but ozone is also a GHG, and a lack of it would
      contribute to cooling.

      Antarctica is the coldest place on earth and temperatures vary from place
      to place. Interestingly, the South Pole is not the coldest part of the
      continent. The lowest temperature ever recorded on earth's surface was
      -129�F (-89.6�C) at Russia's Vostok Station on July 21, 1983.
      http://www.ecophotoexplorers.com/antarctica_weather.asp

      Where is the coldest place on Earth?
      The coldest natural outdoor temperature ever recorded (as of January,
      2000) was at Russia's Vostock Station in Antarctica. In 1997 the
      temperature there fell to -91 degrees Celsius (-132 degrees F). At this
      temperature, steel becomes so brittle it shatters easily.
      Vostok Station is located in the middle of a vast expanse of
      uninterrupted ice, on a high plateau about 780 miles (1260 km) from the
      South Pole. The ice at Vostok is about 3700 meters thick (12,100 feet)
      and the surface elevation is 3488 meters (11,444 feet).

      Vostok Station is not only the coldest place on Earth, it is also one of
      the driest. Because the air is so cold, it can hold very little moisture.
      The air's absolute humidity at Vostok is lower than that of the Sahara
      Desert.


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