Permafrost at work. One of the key features of Yakutia is a layer
of permanent ice, starting just under the surface of the ground,
and extending for hundreds of meters and in places up to 2
The first houses were built in direct contact with this layer, and
they melted the ice with their heat. The results are plain to see.
More modern constructions are built on stilts, leaving free air
circulation under the building.