The author has visited the northern part of the Soviet Union several times in recent years and has had the opportunity to acquaint himself with Soviet arctic mining technology through visits to mines, discussions with Soviet mining professionals and extensive studies of available Soviet mining literature.

In this paper Soviet mining technology for arctic/subarctic regions is reviewed and critical assessment is offered from a perspective of its applications to northern climates in Alaska and Canada. Several specific examples of the Soviet mining technologies are given indicating that the mines and equipment can successfully function at prolonged periods of temperatures down to −60 °F.

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