The Geophysical Institute and Akasofu building (on the right) which inspired this carol, and the cross country ski hut built to appease the skiers in the center.

Oh permafrost, O permafrost,
We thought we’d build right o’er you.
Oh, permafrost, Oh, permafrost,
We find we can’t ignore you.
We’ve moved the building, changed the path,
Exposed ourselves to skiers’ wrath
Oh permafrost, Oh, permafrost,
We fervently deplore you.

The original plans for the Akasofu Building had to be altered when the ground at the originally planned site proved to have too much permafrost. As a result, the revised building site forced movement of the ski trails that crisscross the campus.

 

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