svalbard global seedvault

Food and water. Yeah it’s something we need.
I like to eat breakfast, and you probably do too.

What if something cataclysmic where to happen (nuclear winter, asteroid collision, pole shift) and most agriculture was wiped off the face of the map?  Not a pleasant thing to hypothetically brood over, but a tangible architectural undertaking if you happen to be Norwegian.

The answer in many ways would lie in seeds and their ability to be stored, grown, tended, and used for food and re-population of a depleted environment. An interesting solution has already been long in development on a remote island in the arctic circle.  Not only is it functional, but looks like a fully-loaded computer tower with a multi-chambered storage facility to boot.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seedbank located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near the town of Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago.The facility was established to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds from locations worldwide in an underground cavern. The Seed Vault holds duplicate samples, or “spare” copies, of seeds held in genebanks worldwide. The Seed Vault will provide insurance against the loss of seeds in genebanks, as well as a refuge for seeds in the case of large scale regional or global crises. The island of Spitsbergen is about 1,120 kilometres (700 mi) from the North Pole.

The Seed Vault is managed under terms spelled out in a tripartite agreement between the Norwegian government, the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center (previously named the Nordic Gene Bank, a cooperative effort of the Nordic countries under the Nordic Council of Ministers).

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