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THE INUIT of the Arctic Regions Of Canada, Greenland, Russia & Alaska

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    'Doomsday' seed vault to open in Norway
on: February 25, 2008, 12:22:53 pm Quote 

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                                         'Doomsday' seed vault to open in Norway







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Ultimate safety net for the world's seed collections opens in Norway this week

Can hold up to 4.5M seed samples, will eventually house most types of key crops

Norwegian govt. paid to build vault in mountainside between Norway and North Pole

Similar to an existing seed bank in England that works with wild plants



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LONGYEARBYEN,
Norway
(CNN)

-- A vast underground vault storing millions of seeds from around
the world is scheduled to open this week in a mountain on a remote island near the Arctic Ocean.


 Dubbed the "Doomsday Vault," the seed bank is considered the ultimate safety net for the world's
seed collections, protecting them from a wide range of threats including war, natural disasters, lack
of funding or simply poor agricultural management.

The Norwegian government paid to build the vault in a mountainside near Longyearbyen, in the remote Svalbard islands between Norway and the North Pole. Building began last year, and the vault is scheduled to open officially Tuesday.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, as it is officially known, can hold as many as 4.5 million seed samples and will eventually house almost every variety of most important food crops in the world, according to the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which is paying to collect and maintain the seeds.

The United Nations founded the trust in 2004 to support the long-term conservation of crop diversity, and countries and foundations provide the funding.

"The seed vault is the perfect place for keeping seeds safe for centuries," said Cary Fowler, executive director of the trust. "At these temperatures, seeds for important crops like wheat, barley and peas can last for up to 10,000 years."

The vault's location deep inside a mountain in the frozen north ensures the seeds can be stored safely no matter what happens outside.

"We believe the design of the facility will ensure that the seeds will stay well-preserved even if such forces as global warming raise temperatures outside the facility," said Magnus Bredeli Tveiten, project manager for the Norwegian government.
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