Melting Permafrost Trickles Into Doomsday Vault

Posted by on Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, more commonly known as the Doomsday Vault, was built to withstand a global disaster, however the structure came under siege this week, by water.

Water from melting permafrost began to trickle into the facility’s entrance tunnel. As a result, staff is now watching the vault “24 hours a day.”

No seeds were damaged when water melted and penetrated the entrance of the facility.

About a million seeds are stored at a temperature of -18°C. They are meant to safeguard the food supply in the event of a disaster.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seed bank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300 kilometres from the North Pole.



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