As far back as history can remember, Yunkor III has always been an extremely cold planet covered mostly in ice. In the recent years, volcanic activity has caused some of the ice to melt, but the general appearance of the planet has not changed. There is little economic, military or strategic value expected from Yunkor III as it was ignored during the early colonization efforts in the system.
With the exception of the basic single cell organisms, there is absolutely no life on the planet. The surface of Yunkor III is so cold that it is rumored to have the only volcanic glaciers to be found. Lava flowing from the volcanoes peaks freeze rather quickly and becoming fast moving blocks of ice. The presence of these volcanoes do raise one puzzling question to geologists and surveyors. How is it that a planet with an average temperature that often dips below zero degrees, is capable of having molten lava so close to the surface? Many believe that the rock is so thick on the surface that it protects the interior of the planet from the freezing temps. Such a theory actually suggests that there just might be a very large concentration of minerals underneath the sheet of ice.
The stability of Yunkor III is considered marginal at best. Although volcanic activity appears to be situated on one side of the planet, most researchers are reluctant to investigate the volcanic issues due to the nervousness concerning the whole system. No one is willing to test whatever it is that governs the happenings of the Yunkor system.