Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Indestructible Stuff Day


Good morning, good afternoon or good whatever time it is for you. Here we are at another Tuesday.

Today's post will be my last indestructible stuff post as it is the last thing in the book I am using.

Anyway this a post about something called a Svalbard Seed Vault.

Behind a steel door down a tunnel 100 metres or 330 feet long hollowed out inside the solid rock of a mountain in the frozen far north of Norway lies some seeds.

The Svalbard vault looks like a supervillians hideout is where they store seeds for the world's crops to make sure that whatever happens the human race will be able to grow food.

Inside the mountain the seeds are safe from explosions, pollution and extreme weather. The vault is high above sea level, so it won't get flooded if the ice caps melts and the sea level raises.

The idea is that even if the planet faces a dangerous crisis such as a asteroid strike or a terrible world war. The seeds will be there to replant.

For extra protection each type of seed is stored inside a sealed bag for layers thick and the bags are stored inside sealed crates.


Margaret D said...

That is great. Didn't have any idea about that.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Joanne - the Svalbard idea is quite extraordinary ... where seeds are stored to preserve genetic diversity for the future. Norway were leaders in the genetic preservation ... while in 2000 we had the Millennium Seed Bank here at Wakehurst Place, Sussex - it's extraordinary to look round. Stay safe - Hilary

Kea said...

I'd heard of the Seed Bank in the UK but had no idea it originated in Norway. Thanks for sharing all of these, that's a neat book you have.

Juli said...

I did know about this.

Here's hoping squirrels and birds don't. :)

Nancy Chan said...

I have read about this seed vault. I think this is amazing.

Karen BakingInATornado said...

I had heard about the Svalbard Seed Vault but wasn't sure where it was. I think it's a great idea, but also hope it's never necessary.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Margaret D.......Me either

Hillary.......Yes it is & wow

Kea......My pleasure

Juli.....Now you do

Nancy.......It is

Karen../....It is a bloody great idea

Katie Isabella said...

I wonder if future humans wh might have a need to will know where it is and I wonder of it is easily excavated?


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