The world's 10 coldest mines

With temperatures that can drop to nearly -50°C, these mines offer some of the most challenging working conditions in the world. All but one of the mines on this list are located in Russia's Sakha Republic — a region in the country's extreme north containing vast diamond, coal, and gold resources.

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#1 Sarylakh
Minimum average temperature: -46.7°C
Location: Russia
Owner: Zvezda & Sarylakh
Type: Open-pit antimony and gold mine


#2 Sentachan
Minimum average temperature: -45.8°C
Location: Russia
Owner: Zvezda & Sarylakh
Type: Underground antimony and gold mine


#3 Badran
Minimum average temperature: -44.6°C
Location: Russia
Owner: OME Zapadnaya
Type: Underground gold mine


#4 Kangalassky
Minimum average temperature: -41.7°C
Location: Russia
Owner: Yakutugol
Type: Open-pit coal mine


#5 Dzhebariki-Khaya
Minimum average temperature: -40.7°C
Location: Russia
Owner: Yakutugol
Type: Underground coal mine


#6 Elga
Minimum average temperature: -40.5°C
Location: Russia
Owner: Elgaugol OOO
Type: Open-pit coal mine


#7 Perspektivny
Minimum average temperature: -39.6°C
Location: Russia
Owner: Susumanzoloto
Type: Open-pit coal mine


#8 Aikhal
Minimum average temperature: -39.5°C
Location: Russia
Owner: Alrosa
Type: Open-pit diamond mine


#9 Udachny
Minimum average temperature: -39.1°C
Location: Russia
Owner: Alrosa
Type: Open-pit diamond mine


#10 Nizhne-Lenskoye
Minimum average temperature: -38.8°C
Location: Russia
Owner: Alrosa
Type: Placer diamond mine