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Picture of the day: Svalbard history – bringing out the coal


I have now left Svalbard, after ten magnificent days here. But I have many pictures to show, and I will start today with a little history. Longyearbyen town was founded on mining after coal, and there are several mines close to the town. Most of them are closed down today, but you can still see these structures from the mines, going down to the town.  This is the transport system for bringing down the coal. You can see the buckets hanging from the wires, and it was quite the effective system.