Sunrise over the mighty Lena river. Like all other rivers in
Siberia, the Lena
is solid frozen during
all winter and spring. The elevated pipeline in the foreground is
hot and cold water, as well as sanitation. To avoid permafrost,
is built in thick insulated pipes, kept warm by running hot water.
and water are distributed in this way from a central power plant
to the whole city.
The black line extending diagonally to the background is a line of
non-heated garages. Cars are left to freeze there during winter.
can be used in winter if they are left in heated garages. When
outside on the street, the engines are left always on.