The Svalbard Global Seed Vault – Video
Video in English language , with subtitles in French language
On a desolate Arctic island off the coast of Norway is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a repository with the capacity to hold up to 2.25 billion seeds in the event of a “doomsday” catastrophe.
When the vault was first built in 2006, more than 100 countries contributed seeds. The concrete building is outfitted with steel airlock doors, fencing and a guard system. At the time of its opening, a BBC article said its backers called it “the most secure building of its type in the world.”
The same article also revealed that seeds are packed in special four-ply packets and heat sealed to keep out moisture. They’re then kept at temperatures of minus 18 degrees Celcius, which could help the seeds last hundreds or even thousands of years. Even if the cooling system were to fail, the mountain’s permafrost would keep the seeds’ temperature from rising above freezing
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