Journey to the Doomsday Vault
Source: National Geographic Russia
The Most Important Room In The World, The Planet's Major Refrigerator - this room has many unofficial names, but most know it as the Doomsday Storehouse.
1. Located on one of the islands of the Svalbard archipelago, a three-room bunker, in which a constant temperature of -18ºC is maintained, contains samples of seeds of thousands of different crop species. Its task is to provide humanity with food in the event of a global catastrophe.
2. Tunnel storage on the island of Svalbard Located at a depth of 120 meters at an altitude of 130 meters above sea level in the village of Longyearbyen.
3. The first ever collection of scientific and applied seed was created in the 1920s. Russian botanist N. I. Vavilov in a suburb of Leningrad. During the Cold War, seed banks arranged according to the Russian system began to appear around the world.
4. The World Bank-seed storage planting material was established in 2006 under the auspices of the UN to preserve the planting material of all agricultural plants existing in the world.The project was carried out at the expense of Norway and cost her $ 9 million. The task of such a repository of seeds is to prevent their destruction as a result of possible global catastrophes, such as the fall of an asteroid, nuclear war, or global warming. There is enough space inside for 4.5 million seed samples. The safety of materials is provided by refrigeration units capable of operating at local coal, as well as permafrost.
Closed for free visits, the Vault opens its doors for only two weeks a year. Today, together with Vert Dider, we will take a virtual tour of it.