A Rare Peek Inside The Doomsday Vault!
Buried deep inside Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Global Seed Vault virtually stores a copy of every seed known to be on the face of this earth. The vault already hosts 860.000 seeds from every corner of the globe!
The vault is also known as the Arch of Noach and the Doomsday Vault. Its mission is to store a copy of every seed currently stored between 1700 different seed banks around the world. Do plan your deposit ahead though, as the vault is only open about two weeks a year.
The ”father” of this project, Cary Fowler, isn’t anticipating an apocalyptic event, yet has set it up from a practical point of view and compares it to a back-up drive or insurance policy. The war in Syria has proven it’s functionality, as seeds have been damaged. Check out the pictures below to get an impression of this incredible project.
Vault Access Tunnell
One of Three Seed Storage Vaults
Image Credit: Mari Tefre/Global Crop Diversity Trust