Sunday, 3 August 2008

Why dying is forbidden in the Arctic

It is forbidden to die in the Arctic town of Longyearbyen! If you do die then no-one will bury you. At 78 degrees north, it lies on the archipelago of Svalbard, a group of islands between Norway's northern coast and the North Pole.The town's small graveyard stopped accepting new bodies 70 years ago, after it was discovered that the bodies were not decomposing.

School Issues are different here too –

Polar bears
Trips outside the school walls carry a more immediate danger for the children and, for this reason, the teacher carries a gun. There are some other interesting facts here about global warming. Read the BBC article here.

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