Yakutsk, is in fact an important centre for the extraction of diamonds and it supplies 20% of the world production. The city is also home to an important food industry, to tanneries, to sawmills, to building materials factories and to the Yakutsk Permafrost Institute, which investigates and aims at finding solutions to solving the serious and costly problems associated with the construction of buildings on frozen soil. Indeed, the soil of the city is constantly frozen, which on top of being an obstacle to the construction of buildings, has a serious impact on the way of life. The city is constantly engulfed in an oppressive blanket of freezing fog that restricts visibility to 10 metres. The inhabitants get to their daily routine in temperatures that only mountaineers could cope with. Here all is ice, and such conditions makes one wonder what such extremes can generates within humans.