National Geographic : 1948 Jul
From Midnight Sun They Plunge into Blackness to Dig Polar Coal Norwegian miners earn high wages for hard, dangerous labors underground. Norway's Spitsbergen collieries, rebuilt from the ruins left by Germans, produced about 277,000 tons of high-grade bituminous coal in 1947. 117 Pix Some Miners Must Lie Down on the Job A headlamp lights the way as Even Molvid (above) drills a hole for an explosive charge. Below-ground temperature usually is warmer than on the surface. Emerging into daylight at the end of his shift, Hilmar Hansen (right) is tired and ready for a bath.