The Doomsday Vault is one of the largest seed deposit which opened nearly a decade ago. The repository is recently updated, receiving 50,000 new seed samples that will ensure humanity’s survival in the event of an apocalypse or world war. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is tucked into a frozen mountain in the Arctic circle located between Norway and North Pole.
Doomsday Vault received additional 50,000 deposits
The Global Seed Vault safeguards humanity’s food source once global natural disasters or wars wipe out the world’s crops. The repository holds an immense number of plant seeds that will ensure the Earth’s food security. Basically, it is key to the human survival in the event of a post-apocalyptic event.
The vault is buried 130 meters inside a mountain. The makers designed the building to protect the crop seeds which included beans, wheat and rice from disease or nuclear war. Due to the function and the purpose of the building, the public knew it as the Doomsday Vault.
Scientists built the structure in 2008. Now, the vault will be encasing 50,000 additional seeds all over the world. Norway funds the vault, however, the international organization called Crop Trust manages the operation. The organization designated places for every nation on Earth to provide their own seedlings which is native to their country.
The countries that contributed to reach the 50,000 new seeds include India, Benin, Pakistan, Morocco, Lebanon, United States, the Netherlands, Mexico, Belarus, Herzegovina, Bosnia and United Kingdom. Currently, the vault houses almost a million different seed which came from almost every country from the world. In fact, even North Korea provided their own seeds.
The Seed Vault contains all the essential crops to sustain humanity
The seed samples are some of the world’s most vital food sources. These seeds are for potato, rice, barley, sorghum, lentil, chickpea and wheat. The total number of seed samples inside the vault amounts to 930,821. Despite having a huge amount of collection, the vault is still far from reaching its full capacity. The Doomsday Vault can store 4.5 million varieties of crops. Moreover, each variety contains an average of 500 seeds. Yhe vault can house 2.5 billion seeds in maximum capacity.
In order to prevent any contamination to the seeds, the samples go to the Arctic island in large boxes. These boxes are scanned with X-rays. This procedure will ensure that the contents are safe. The vault has five doors with coded locks and is only accessible to few people in the world. In addition, the only time to unlock is during deposits, which only happens three to four times every year. For optimal storage, custom made three-ply foil packages seal the seeds in the storage with -18C temperature.
Read more about the Doomsday Vault here.