Norway spends millions on Svalbard global seed bank

In celebration of it’s ten year anniversary, the Svalbard global seed bank has received over 70,000 seed donations from countries all over the world.

Of those, Australia donated 32,000 seeds from a variety of plants across our native landscape.

As well as being sent it’s millionth seed donation on the 26th, Norway is spending 13 million dollars on updates for the vault after damages caused in late 2016.

Although the vault was designed to withstand the end of the world, a sudden climb in temperature on the Spitsburg Island north of the Norwegian mainland caused the permafrost surrounding the vault to melt.

The melting ice caused the entry chamber of the vault to flood, resulting in Norway having to spend millions.

The Vault, having opened in 2008, was built as a global insurance scheme says the vaults creator, Cary Fowler.

The bank is designed to store and protect the world’s plant life in the case of a global climate or man-made crisis.

Although the entry was flooded, the seeds were not damaged however the vault is still receiving extensive improvements.

The Svalbard archipelago was selected as home to the vault due to a number of reasons such as its isolation, geographic stability and the natural frozen preservation provided by the surrounding permafrost.

The vault allegedly contains 2.8 billion seeds which is around 40 per cent of the world’s total plant life which can be replanted post global catastrophe.

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