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Seedbank = Arctic Bunker Answered

Norway has built a pretty awesome1seed 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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Goodhart

11 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 :-)

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LinuxH4x0rGoodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Actually, it's to keep the seed from consuming it's endosperm rapidly. Actually we do have mice in Minnesota. lol!

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GoodhartLinuxH4x0r

Reply 11 years ago

Well, that may be so, but it has the added benefit of keeping the mice on ice LOL

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LftndbtGoodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Poor lil' buggers... Can just imagine them, frozen solid just before getting into the mother load of seeds...

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GoodhartLftndbt

Reply 11 years ago

For those old enough to remember: imagine the headline: Mouseketeers become Mousesicles !

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cheetah2007

11 years ago

i wonder....do they have weed seeds.bet they are :)

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Goodhart

11 years ago

almost looks like a scene out of the X-file: the movie

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trebuchet03

11 years ago

Ha! A Bio Backup. For the day (after) it's necessary to hit the reset button... or something...

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Brennn10

11 years ago

I was listening to this on NPR, and I also read it on Yahoo. It is below freezing inside the chamber, and there are three vaults which hold millions of packets of seeds each. It is really interesting. I also think it is funny how they call it the Doomsday Vault.

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fungus amungus

11 years ago

I love the extraneous detail in there.

Silvery foil containers placed on blue and orange metal shelves. It really has a nice visual touch to it.

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GorillazMiko

11 years ago

I was stumbling (using StumbleUpon) and I came up to this. It was so cool!