Arctic Doomsday Seed Vault Breached

Matthew Slates, Reporter

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Last fall was so warm that water breached the so-called Doomsday Seed Vault in the Arctic. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has been built in the mountains halfway between Norway and the North Pole on permafrost and is managed by the government of Norway.The vault’s purpose is to preserve the seeds of more than 930,000 different varieties of crops in case they are otherwise wiped out by some calamity that strikes the world.Officials say that water had seeped into the access tunnel in the vault, but the seeds were not harmed in anyway. In a news release, the vault managers said water intrusions are stopped by  the pumps that work around the clock. Still, vault managers plan to add waterproof walls and take other protective measures. Globally, the Seed Vault is, and will continue to be, the safest backup of crop diversity. It is a good idea that they start to get this taken care of asap because if there is moisture inside the walls and chamber then the seeds might start to sprout and lose all validity.


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