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On an island deep in the Norwegian Arctic lies the key to human survival: the Doomsday Vault.

Doomsday Vault holds key to surviving post-apocalyptic world


Daksha Rangan
Digital Reporter

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.


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The vault is the world’s largest secure seed storage, sitting 1300 kilometres beyond the Arctic Circle.

Image courtesy of Landbruks- og matdepartementet, Flickr.

Image courtesy of Landbruks- og matdepartementet, Flickr.

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.

SOURCE: AJ+ | Norwegian Government

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