The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, also known as the Doomsday Vault, is a secure seed bank located on this Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago. Its purpose is to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in case of a global crisis. This particular location was chosen for its cold conditions and surrounding permafrost that would help preserve the seeds if the vault’s cooling systems failed. This important global storage facilty houses over 10,000 years of our agricultural history.
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