50,000 New Seeds Added To Doomsday Global Seed Vault In Norway

Kristine Moore - Author
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Feb. 23 2017, Updated 11:11 a.m. ET

Deep in the frozen tundra of Norway lies a doomsday vault, and in the interest of self-preservation, scientists have just added 50,000 new seeds to this global seed vault. Seeds for potatoes, wheat, barley, lentils, rice, sorghum and chickpeas have been placed here where they will be stored indefinitely.

The global seed vault is found in the Svalbard archipelago, which is located exactly halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Despite being in such an extreme Northern area, it is still inhabited by both people and this doomsday vault. The vault was officially opened in 2008 and was built to last for 1,000 years.

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The whole purpose of the doomsday global seed vault is to protect the seeds inside from every disaster possible, including all natural disasters, climate change, a freak asteroid strike or even nuclear war. The most recent deposit features samples from the seed collections of many different countries and helps to grow the current global seed vault inventory.

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