The city of Yakutsk. Permafrost Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences of the SSR. Opening of the Eighth All-Union Interdepartmental Meeting on Permafrost. Speakers: P. I. Melnikov, G. I. Chiryaev, M. K. Gavrilova. There are scientists from Poland, Mongolia, Moscow, Leningrad, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, Tomsk and other cities.