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What It’s Like Inside The Doomsday Vault That Stores Every Known Crop On The Planet

We have long imagined scenarios in which,due to tragedy, climate change, or atomic warfare, life as we know it comes to an end, with elements of the earth rendered inhospitable withwidespread ecological devastation.

Hidden approximately400 ft deepinside a mountain onto a distant islandbetween mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is intended to come to our rescue if this happens.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

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It stores precious seeds from plants all Around the World, and lately, because of the Syrian civil war, it came to humanity’s aid for the first time.The vault Isn’t available to the General Public, but you can see what it’s like below:

Svalbard is the northernmost place in the world that still has scheduled flights, as stated by the Crop Trust, the group in charge of the worldwide seed-bank system.

Svalbard is the northernmost place in the world that still has scheduled flights, according to The Crop Trust, the group in charge of the global seed-bank system.

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Resource: The Crop Trust

It is over 400 feet above sea level, and there’s little moisture from the atmosphere.

It's more than 400 feet above sea level, and there's little moisture in the air.

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Resource: The Crop Trust

Since the vault is buried in permafrost, it might stay frozen at least 200 decades, even if the power were to go out.

Since the vault is buried in permafrost, it could stay frozen at least 200 years, even if the power were to go out.

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The vault has seeds from over 60 institutions and almost every country in the world, gathered from the more than 1,500 global gene banks that store samples of seeds from each of the plants native to the area they are in.

Resource: The Crop Trust

Backups are delivered to Svalbard if a catastrophe ruins the samples in the home seed bank.

Backups are sent to Svalbard in case a disaster ruins the samples at the home seed bank.

Technicians at CIMMYT type examples of wild maize seeds, also called Teocintle, in the middle in Texcoco, on the outskirts of Mexico City. AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

Resource: The Crop Trust

That way, the genetic diversity of plants around the world is kept safe.

That way, the genetic diversity of crops around the world is kept safe.

Robert Zeigler, director general of this Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), shows rice seeds destined for Svalbard. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Seed samples are shipped to Svalbard in large boxes, which can be scanned with X-rays after they get to the island to make certain that they have nothing but seeds indoors.
Seed samples are sent to Svalbard in large boxes, which are scanned with X-rays after they get to the island to make sure that they have nothing but seeds inside.

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Resource: The Crop Trust

The rooftop and part of the facade of this building is a work of art using a light setup by Dyveke Sanne, since all public buildings in Norway are lawfully required to get art.

The vault is unlocked only for deposits, which happen three or four times a year.

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Resource: The Crop Trust

There are five doors using coded locks that anybody looking to get in the vault must pass through.

There are five doors with coded locks that anyone looking to get into the vault has to pass through.

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Resource: The Crop Trust

Plus, The Crop Trust States that polar bears Which disturbs humans on the island give an extra “layer of safety.”

Plus, The Crop Trust says that polar bears  which outnumber humans on the island  provide an extra "layer of security."

The warning signal says “Applies to every one of Svalbard territory.” REUTERS/Bob Strong

Resource: The Crop Trust

The temperature inside is retained to -18 degrees Celsius, cold enough to maintain the sealed seeds viable for In some cases thousands of years.

Inside, seeds are moved to a trolley and rolled into the vault's main chamber.

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Resource: The Crop Trust

Up to now, there are over 860,000 samples from the vault, gathered since Svalbard opened in 2008. Each sample includes 500 seeds.

So far, there are more than 860,000 samples in the vault, collected since Svalbard opened in 2008. Each sample contains 500 seeds.

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Resource: The Crop Trust

But there’s enough space in the vault’s three main rooms to store 4.5 million samples, which would be more than two billion seeds.

But there's enough space in the vault's three main rooms to store 4.5 million samples, which would be more than 2 billion seeds.

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Resource: The Crop Trust

The seeds arrive in foil and are kept inside sealed boxes to prevent any spoilage.

The seeds arrive sealed in foil and are kept inside sealed boxes to prevent any spoilage.

A seed sample is filled at a centre in Texcoco, on the outskirts of Mexico City. AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

Resource: The Crop Trust

In 2015, the ICARDA Seed Bank, which had been in Syria, withdrew samples from the vault A first so it might move and restore its seed bank, which had been ruined by war.

In 2015, the ICARDA Seed Bank, which had been in Syria, withdrew samples from the vault  a first  so it could move and restore its seed bank, which had been damaged by war.

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That showed that the vault could serve its function, but there will not be a need for a different withdrawal in the near future. “It illustrates why we assembled it,” Cary Fowler informs my colleague Lydia Ramsey. “Loss of this collection would be irreplaceable. … I tell folks it’s a Excellent story A gloomy story of this seed vault functioning as an insurance policy.”

That showed that the vault could serve its function, but hopefully there will be no need for another withdrawal in the near future. "It illustrates why we built it," Cary Fowler tells my colleague Lydia Ramsey. "Loss of that collection would be irreplaceable. ... I tell people it's a great story  a sad story  of the seed vault functioning as an insurance policy."

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