by duncanr

for more than 70 years, not a single person has been buried in Longyearbyen

Should anyone die there, the government . . . requires that the body is flown or shipped to mainland Norway to be interred

this is because of the region’s year-round sub-zero temperatures: Bodies don’t decompose, but are preserved, as if mummified, in the permafrost and there are fears a melting permafrost – because of climate change – will uncover these bodies and revive ancient diseases



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