Seedbank = Arctic Bunker

Norway has built a pretty awesome1 seed storage facility over 400 feet under a frozen arctic mountain. Further chilled by air conditioners to reach -0.4F, the seeds should be safe for up to 1000 years. Hooray for biodiversity!

From an AP article:
The vault will serve as a backup for hundreds of other seed banks worldwide. It has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples from around the world and shield them from man-made and natural disasters.

Dug into the permafrost of the mountain, it has been built to withstand an earthquake or a nuclear strike.

The seeds are packed in silvery foil containers -- as many as 500 in each sample -- and placed on blue and orange metal shelves inside three 32-foot-by-88-foot storage chambers. Each vault can hold 1.5 million sample packages of all types of crop seeds, from carrots to wheat.

1Did you see Alien vs. Predator? Remember the big Antarctic bunker/pyramid? The Norwegians clearly did too.

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Goodhart9 years ago
Norway has built a pretty awesome1 seed storage facility over 400 feet under a frozen arctic mountain. Further chilled by air conditioners to reach -0.4F, the seeds should be safe for up to 1000 years.

That should slow the mice down a bit :-)
Actually, it's to keep the seed from consuming it's endosperm rapidly. Actually we do have mice in Minnesota. lol!
Well, that may be so, but it has the added benefit of keeping the mice on ice LOL
Poor lil' buggers... Can just imagine them, frozen solid just before getting into the mother load of seeds...
For those old enough to remember: imagine the headline: Mouseketeers become Mousesicles !
LoL... That's great... ;)
cheetah20079 years ago
i wonder....do they have weed seeds.bet they are :)
I hope so!
Nice initiative !
Goodhart9 years ago
almost looks like a scene out of the X-file: the movie
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