Digging For Treasure In Alaska’s Frost

Frozen below Alaska’s layer of permafrost lies ancient relics of the past. Tonight on Life Below Zero, the Hailstones search for buried treasure concealed beneath the land’s surface.

Permafrost is defined as soil that’s been frozen for at least two years. This vulnerable layer of land covers around 80% of Alaska’s surface, melting in the summer into mud to reveal the items trapped under the frost, including valuable fossils. This special type of frost has the capacity to preserve the forms of plants and animals beneath it for centuries, and the Hailstones are searching for some of the most valuable ancient remains that exist – the mammoth.

Mammoths went extinct nearly 12,000 years ago. However, their remains are preserved in the frozen permafrost, kept intact by the cold temperatures. When warmer weather arrives in Alaska, the ice melts away to reveal ancient bones in the mud. The Hailstones are on the hunt for a mammoth tusk that they can sell for large profits.

However, global climate change is eating away at Alaska’s natural layer of permafrost. The thawing of the surface layer damages buildings and roads, releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases that further damage the environment. With its permafrost increasingly turning into mud, Alaska’s climate is on its way towards irreparable damage.

Will the Hailstones uncover buried treasure, or just get stuck in the mud? Catch Life Below Zero tonight at 10P.


  1. Janice
    November 27, 2013, 12:13 am

    I am a loyal fan of Life Below Zero and look forward to it every week. the Hailstones are wonderful people, I love Sue. I am getting used to Glen (although I really liked Erik better) but I would like to comment on Andy and Kate. Andy is an abuser pure and simple. he always berates Kate and verbally abusers her. I understand hunting and subsistence living and having to view harvesting animals for their food and livelihoods. But when it comes to spousal abuse on your channel, which I respect tremendously, I just don’t get it.. It makes my skin crawl every time he yells and curses at her and treats her like she’s stupid! And she takes it because she is an abused woman. it is disgraceful. I feel badly for her. sorry, this has been bothering me for sometime now.

  2. Jim
    November 29, 2013, 8:15 am

    I really enjoy this show, except for Sue. Man, everything out of her mouth is about being killed or how hard it is to survive in her elements. She dramatizes it WAY to much. We already know that. When her segment comes on now I find myself muting the tv. It would be nice if you could find someone else to fill he spot or get her change her script!