‘Doomsday vault’ keeps over 800,000 plant species on ice

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or “doomsday vault,” on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle took its first deposits in March 2008. The vault’s builders had spent some $7 million and 12 months blasting a tunnel and three chambers into the mountainside’s hard permafrost. To be stored within? Treasure.

 

 

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Doomsday Vault Springs to Life

Doomsday Vault Springs to Life

Aimed at providing mankind with a Noah’s Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe, an Arctic “doomsday vault” filled with samples of the world’s most important seeds will be inaugurated on Tuesday.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Nobel Peace Prize winning environmentalist Wangari Matai will be among the personalities present at the inauguration of the vault, which has been carved into the permafrost of a remote Arctic mountain, just some 1000 kilometres from the North Pole.

The vault, made up of three spacious cold chambers each measuring 27×10 metres, create a long trident-shaped tunnel bored into the sandstone and limestone.
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