Doomsday Vault holds key to surviving post-apocalyptic world
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 4:00 PM - On an island deep in the Norwegian Arctic lies the key to human survival.
Buried 427 feet inside a mountain, The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (also known as the Doomsday Vault,) contains copies of roughly 860,000 seeds from across the world.
The vault is the world’s largest secure seed storage, sitting 1300 kilometres beyond the Arctic Circle.
Scientists created the Doomsday Vault in 2008 to preserve potential crops in the event of a global natural disaster. It accepts seed samples from countries all over the world, without restriction.
”Even North Korea has a deposit,” AJ+ reports.
The vault is funded by Norway and the organization Crop Trust, and saw its first-ever withdrawal in late 2015 due to the war in Syria.
The vault is otherwise locked for much of the year, accessible by only a few people in the world.
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Thumbnail image courtesy of Landbruks- og matdepartementet, Flickr.