Inside Norway’s ”Doomsday” Seed Vault

Posted on December 31, 2007 

Inside Norway’s ”Doomsday” Seed Vault

Coloful houses lie near the mountains in Longyearbyen, a village on the island of Spitsbergen, part of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.

A mountainside near the town was chosen as the home for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a “doomsday” seed bank that will store backup copies of as many as three million different crop varieties in case of a worldwide catastrophe.

The high-tech vault, which will open for storage in February 2008, is going to “put an end to extinction [of] agricultural crops,” said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust in Rome, Italy, which is the leading force behind the project.

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