Doomsday Seed Vault

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Doomsday Seed Vault

Postby trailblaze on Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:44 pm

Deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, lies the Global Seed Vault. It is a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters. The Seed Vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity.

https://www.croptrust.org/what-we-do/sv ... eed-vault/

The purpose

It was the recognition of the vulnerability of the world’s genebanks that sparked the idea of establishing a global seed vault to serve as a backup storage facility. The purpose of the Vault is to store duplicates (backups) of seed samples from the world’s crop collections.

Permafrost and thick rock ensure that the seed samples will remain frozen even without power. The Vault is the ultimate insurance policy for the world’s food supply, offering options for future generations to overcome the challenges of climate change and population growth. It will secure, for centuries, millions of seeds representing every important crop variety available in the world today. It is the final back up.


Great idea, but they also need to protect those endangered species more. Move them from the long arm of mankind to some kind of location that allows them the freedom to live free from the destruction of man and it's killing ways. As we have learned building reserves is not protecting them from the greed of their so called protectors.

As for the Vault, what happens if a catastrophe leaves those that know about it unable to help when really needed? I'm sure those in Norway know where it is, but it is a frozen prison that would probably be impossible to break into.
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Re: Doomsday Seed Vault

Postby CielOnTap on Sat May 20, 2017 7:50 pm

The vault is not so fail-safe-it has had flooding issues though the seeds have not been affected. Climate change is said to be causing the permafrost to soften, thus causing some flooding issue.
What that means is that the entrance to the tunnel leading to the vault has experienced more flooding than initially planned for, though the organization that runs the vault says the seeds remain perfectly safe. The water froze long before it could reach the stored seed packets, and the facility includes drainage pumps that can handle higher volumes of water.


https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/doomsday-seed-vault-latest-victim-of-climate-change/82476/
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Re: Doomsday Seed Vault

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:21 pm

The seed vault in Norway is getting some attention to upgrade the facility.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/norway-spending-13-million-to-upgrade-doomsday-seed-vault/96278/

Martha Stewart and contest winners recently visited the vault in mid-February. You can read her account on her blog:
http://www.themarthablog.com/2018/02/svalbard-and-the-global-seed-vault.html
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