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Cherish connections

Two men in a pub.

Saturday night at the pub. Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Note the mining theme for a mining town. One of those nights you […]

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Resurface

Ted Hansen, a miner.

I’ve been thinking about a particular phrase this week: going underground. For some, it connotes secrecy, subversion, and exploring alternatives. […]

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When coal leaves center stage in Longyearbyen

The Store Norske Men's Choir of Longyearbyen.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Longyearbyen evolved from a company town, which was expensive to maintain, into a community that also relies on tourism and a university campus. In 2015, the coal company employed almost 500 people on the island of Spitsbergen…

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Under the ship

The pastor of Svalbard Kirke stands with his arms wide.

Remembering: Warmth and welcome under the votive ship of the Svalbard Kirke. Leif Magne Helgesen shows us around his chosen […]

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Fishbone mining

A miner draws a diagram in the coal dust

Remembering: This is how you remove the coal from the mountain. It’s like fishbones. Tunnel your way in along the […]

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