Norway Opens ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault Deep Inside An Arctic Mountain

by Trendy


On the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, about 1120 km from the North Pole and located deep inside an Arctic Mountain, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault was officially opened today. The Svalbard Seed Vault has also been dubbed as the ‘Doomsday’ vault and is approximately housing 1.5 million seed samples of agricultural crops.

According to Wikipedia, “The seedbank is constructed 393 feet inside a sandstone mountain at Svalbard on Spitsbergen Island.[2] The bank employs a number of robust security systems. Seeds are packaged in special 4-ply packets and heat sealed to exclude moisture. The facility is managed by the Nordic Gene Bank, though there are no permanent staff on-site.

Spitsbergen was considered ideal due to its lack of tectonic activity and its permafrost, which will aid preservation. The location 130 meters above sea level will ensure that the site remains dry even if the icecaps melt.[2] Locally mined coal provides power for refrigeration units that further cool the seeds to the internationally-recommended standard −20 to −30 C. [3] Even if the equipment fails, at least several weeks will elapse before the temperature rises to the −3 C of the surrounding sandstone bedrock.

Prior to construction, a feasibility study determined that the vault could preserve seeds from most major food crops for hundreds of years. Some seeds, including those of important grains, could survive far longer, possibly thousands of years.”

Here are some pictures of the ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault (courtesy : National Geographic)





Here is a video about the ‘Doomsday’ vault:


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