In the Svalbard Islands, far north of Norway and fast approaching the Arctic Circle, there is a mountain that will contain a high number of the planet’s seeds for that “just in case we screw the earth over or vice versa” scenario. Here are the stats on this facility:

  • Capable of protecting 2.25 billion seeds from around the world, in case of climate change, nuclear war or other catastrophes. Storage is free and there is no transfer of ownership.
  • “Light” designed by Norwegian artist Dyveke Sanne makes a beacon at tunnel entrance
  • Tunnel is 125 metres long
  • Slight downward slope
  • Sleeve to protect tunnel from the elements and erosion
  • Transformer room and office
  • Airlock Doors
  • Seed vault #1 (of 3): Each room is 27 metres long, 9.5 metres wide and 5 metres high.
  • Each sample contains about 500 seeds. The samples are heat-sealed in moisture-proof foil packages that are composed of four laminated layers. They are then stored in plastic or cardboard boxes. The seeds are kept between -18 to -20 degrees Celsius by a 10-watt compressor but in the case of a power outage the temperature will not get warmer than -4 degrees Celsius.

The Global Crop Diversity Trust‘s mission is to ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide. It is truly an organization that thinks on a global scale.

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