Part 2: Work at global seed vault accelerates

February 16, 2011 – NORWAY – Farmers from Australia are the latest donors to a polar bear-patrolled Arctic doomsday vault that stores seeds as insurance against an international food emergency. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a converted mine, is located about 800 miles from the North Pole in Arctic Norway. An Australian delegation of farmers and scientists next week will deposit 301 samples of peas and 42 rare chickpeas in the vault, intending to protect the plant species from extinction by climatic or man-made events. “It’s a very robust structure, concrete, made into the side of a mountain at Svalbard in the Spitsbergen Highlands in the Arctic,” said Dr. Tony Gregson, a farmer and scientist with Plant Health Australia, an agriculture industry body. According to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault website, the facility’s main purpose is “to store duplicates (‘back ups’) of all seed samples from the world’s crop collections. Permafrost and thick rock ensure that, even in the case of a power outage, the seed samples will remain frozen.” “It’s as safe as any place on earth, actually,” Gregson said. “It’s built deliberately 60 meters above current sea level, which is above any predicted sea level rise, built into solid rock. “It’s in permanent permafrost, so the temperature will never rise above about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit) and it is patrolled by polar bears. As far as we can tell, it is the safest place on earth.” –AOL News
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3 Responses to Part 2: Work at global seed vault accelerates

  1. Val Valerian says:

    What they don’t realize is that it won’t make any difference how many seeds they save … the civilization is over … the experience here, is over, and we’re all going to be moving on …

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  2. pixwizart says:

    Val is absolutly right….doesn’t matter..and all their little plan won’t help …ahahahah
    frequencies will change…many will not know what is happening….but we do….

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  3. KWJ says:

    It’s one thing to have seeds. It’s quite another to find a place to grow them when the sun is darkened by super-volcanic ash floating in the atmosphere because Laacher See, Yellowstone and Toba have all exploded within a month. Can anyone see nuclear-powered greenhouses? If a 200metre long nuclear submarine can run on a football sized piece of enriched uranium for 20years the same power plant could run a decent underground greenhouse with ease.

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