You can’t ever go here. Like never ever. Nu-uh.

Posted: June 3, 2016 in Science
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Seed vault

If you ever enter this place – well, it’s not a good sign, because it means something of apocalyptic proportions has happened.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a seed bank located on Spitsbergen, a remote northern island that’s part of Norway.

The vault holds multitudes of seeds in the case of a global catastrophe destroys most of the earth’s crops. Currently, it holds about 864,000 distinct seeds and has the capacity to hold up to 4.5 million. It has fully 1/3 of the world’s most important food crop seeds inside of it.

The vault is buried 390 feet into a sandstone mountain with no permanent staff and no one person has all the codes you need to get inside. For hundreds of years, these seeds will be kept safe and a study done on the feasibility of the vault suggests the seeds might be preserved safely for even thousands of years. Each seed is packaged in a three-ply foil packet sealed with heat to ensure there’s no moisture.

It’s fully automated and is remotely monitored. The vault is only open for special visitors and a few days a year when it accepts new seeds. And, also, it’s in the middle of the Arctic, very close to the North Pole.

Interesting, huh? Well, we thought so.

Comments
  1. Pat A says:

    Having seen this place mentioned in a couple of documentaries, the amounts of seed held do not seem to be at all large – and I wish they were, as it would take many many years for such seeds to make a food crop for a population – and what might happen during that time of need is too awful to contemplate.

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  2. underwriiter505 says:

    I don’t want to go there. But I am VERY glad that it exists.

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