Library on ice

In Norway, Global Seed Vault guards genetic resources

With plant species disappearing at an alarming rate, scientists and governments are creating a global network of plant banks to store seeds and sprouts – precious genetic resources that may be needed for man to adapt the world’s food supply to climate change.

This week, the flagship of that effort, the Global Seed Vault, received its first seeds here – millions of them. Bored into the middle of a snow-topped Arctic mountain, the seed vault has as its goal the storing of every kind of seed from every collection on the planet. While the original seeds will remain in ordinary seed banks, the seed vault’s stacked gray boxes will form a backup in case natural disaster or human error erase the seeds from the outside world.

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YouTube video about facility.