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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

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Mon, Jun 13th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Kids Should See This website looks at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a giant storage area located in the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, containing seeds from all over the world.

On the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects around 865,000 seed samples from all over the world. Most of those seeds are of staple crops. “There are nearly 160,000 samples of wheat, and approaching 150,000 samples of rice.” The Guardian also explains that “the site was built to be disaster-proof: 130 metres up the mountain in case of sea-level rise, earthquake resistant, and with a natural insulation of permafrost to ensure the contents were kept frozen for decades to come.”

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