Massive Seed Vault Insures The World Against Challenging Climate Changes

May 26, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
When the end of the world comes, some folks will go into a bunker, some might head to Colorado (where there's allegedly a massive underground doomsday fortress under the airport), but me? I'll be with the people heading to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. The post-apocalyptic world is going to need a food supply, and I'd rather be helping supply that food than living off of canned beans for the rest of my life.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was first opened in 2008 as part of a global effort to preserve the seeds of as many plant varieties as possible in case of a large-scale crisis. The vault houses seed varieties from all over the world. Its location was chosen because of the low tectonic activity of Svalbard, coupled with the permafrost, which aids preservation. In the event of an equipment failure, the facility is artificially chilled to -18 °C (-0.4 °F) and, thanks to local conditions, it would take several weeks before it heated up to the still-frigid bedrock temperature of -3 °C (27 °F).
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