Svalbard global seed vault is one of the most remote places on our planet.
We’ve long imagined the scenario of the end of the world. When, due to natural disasters, climate change or nuclear war, life on earth will disappear or at least greatly reduced. Of course disappears most of the flora and fauna that will result in food shortage. But that’s why we created Svalbard global seed vault, which is hidden on a 120-meter deep inside a mountain on a remote island of Svalbard, between mainland Norway and the North pole.
In selenoprecise stored seeds of crops from all over the world.
Svalbard is the northernmost place in the world where regular flights. Also, this island is responsible for the preservation of crop seeds from around the world.
The vault is located at an altitude of 130 m above sea level and protected from moisture.
The store already is actually in the permafrost and in the event of disaster it can survive by saving seeds for about 200 years.
In the vault lie the seeds from almost every country in the world.
The seeds will help to revive the crops in case of their destruction.
Semenya collected from around the world to preserve the diversity of cultures in one piece.
Samples of seeds sent to Svalbard in large boxes, which are scanned with x-ray like at the airport.
The upper part of the facade of selenoprecise is a true work of art.
Opening the vault only to make new instances of that happening 3-4 times per year.
To get inside the vault, you need to go through 5 doors with combination locks.
An additional source of security is the white bears that exceed your number of people on the island.
The temperature inside storage -18 °C, which allows to preserve the ability of seeds to the germination of thousands of years.
In storage the seeds are delivered on trucks.
Now in store more than 860 thousand seed samples
The vault can hold 4.5 million samples.
To protect the seeds from damage, seal in foil, and then also in special containers.
In 2015, the seeds from the vault was first used to recover crops in Syria, which have suffered as a result of the war.
This fact speaks about the importance of storage, but we hope the need will never come.
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