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Some of us have storage units filled with old furniture, or collectibles, or cars. But what if someone kept seeds in theirs? In the remote Arctic Svaldbard archipelago, about 810 miles from the North Pole, there’s just that. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has a very specific mission, to store and preserve a variety of plant seeds to insure against the loss of seeds during a global disaster; such as a meteor strike or super volcano eruption. In the meantime, it acts as a backup for various seed banks throughout the world.

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Buried deep in the Permafrost, the seed bank is 390 ft inside a sandstone mountain and uses a state-of-the-art security system to protect the seeds packed in specially designed four-ply packets that are heat-sealed. These packets are kept at -18 C (-.4 F) to preserve the seeds.

Seed Vault 1

Illuminated artwork named Perpetual Repercussion by Dyveke Sanne marks the entrance.


The Vault holds 1.5 million distinct seeds (primarily food crops) and could survive for hundreds of years. Some are expected to survive a thousand years.Seed Vault 2Seed Vault 3

So the next time you’re at your Unit remember the same idea is being used to insure the human race will have food even after a major global disaster, like Killer Klowns From Outer Space.


Seed Vault 4

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