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Doomsday Seed Vault Flooded after Permafrost melts

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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 06:56 PM
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It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.


No seeds were lost in the flooding. The vault opened in 2008 and has around one million seed packets, each a variety of an important food crop. This vault was supposed to withstand any disaster and last for eternity.


But soaring temperatures in the Arctic at the end of the world’s hottest ever recorded year led to melting and heavy rain, when light snow should have been falling. “It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that,” said Hege Njaa Aschim, from the Norwegian government, which owns the vault.



“A lot of water went into the start of the tunnel and then it froze to ice, so it was like a glacier when you went in,” she told the Guardian. Fortunately, the meltwater did not reach the vault itself, the ice has been hacked out, and the precious seeds remain safe for now at the required storage temperature of -18C.


The vault was supposed to survive without the help of humans in case of a catastrophe, but now it is being watched 24 hours a day. They are waterproofing the tunnel and digging trenches to try to prevent further breaches. Mr. Aschim stated that they are taking the situation seriously and will find solutions.

It's a good thing there are other seed vaults around the world, because if a global disaster happened now this vault would not have stood against it.
Hopefully they can find a solution to this. Maybe they should have built the seed vault somewhere else or anticipated the permafrost melting. If it can't stand up to global warming, how is it supposed to survive any other disasters. It certainly won't last until eternity.

Video with a tour of the vault














edit on 19-5-2017 by EchoesInTime because: added video



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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 07:01 PM
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You would think that when they made the approach tunnel, it would slope towards the entrance so the water would run out.

They should have consulted the Finns to design that entrance. Of course I am Finn.


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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 07:07 PM
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'We are prepared for absolutely any apocalyptic event . . . well, except for that one.'



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 07:08 PM
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What an Ironic mis-fire this was.

Jesus.



Almost as crazy as the Earthquakes at Yucca Mountain.


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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 07:11 PM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

What kind of vault gets flooded by ice-melt?

This is either fake news or the vault builders are complete morons.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 07:13 PM
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Doomsday Seed Vault Flooded after Permafrost melts


Sounds like a pretty sh*tty "vault"

a reply to: Metallicus

exactly


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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 07:16 PM
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"Hello you have reached the Monsanto hotline, please leave your message at the beep "

beep

"MONSANTO!! Code RED at the seed vault, Please immediately revert to plan B, Will update you on the progress via secure channels! "



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 07:19 PM
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originally posted by: FamCore
a reply to: EchoesInTime




Doomsday Seed Vault Flooded after Permafrost melts


Sounds like a pretty sh*tty "vault"

a reply to: Metallicus

exactly



Uh, its a doomsday vault that can't withstand water????? If a nuclear war or an astroid hit, there is a possibility all of the ice will melt! What then? Sounds like they need to rethink the vault!!



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 07:39 PM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

Perma frost is the land itself thawing, from the story that isn't what happened.


It was ice melt. No story here other than the engineers didn't think things through and recognize the fact ice melts and it goes places.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 07:52 PM
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a reply to: rickymouse

And you would think the Fukushima backup generators would not have been in the sub-basements.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 08:09 PM
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a reply to: dfnj2015

Or the o-rings would work at freezing on the shuttle. Seeing as it was filled with liquid oxygen.

Glad to see no seeds we hurt!

Hey Alanis! > >This< < is 'ironic'!
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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 08:35 PM
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The Doomsday Seedvault. Such a mind control sounding name, or an extreme form of marketing. OMG, the Doomsday seedvault this, the Doomsday seedvault that. Damn, i'm getting cynical.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 09:10 PM
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In the video OP has, there's a quote slightly after the minute mark where they claim "the vault is built into the side of a mountain, so even if all the ice on earth were to melt, the seeds would be safe."

ROFLCOPTER!!!



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 09:14 PM
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I could throw a bunch of seed packs in a coleman cooler and feel better about it than this. At least I know they would be dry...



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 09:38 PM
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A titanium hermetically sealed container would certainly be a good choice. Extreme heat would still be the enemy, but unlikely.... unless there was a volcano.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 09:40 PM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

Obviously poor planning or just a money pit...

Probably and more than likely soaked up a bunch of grant money...that is all.

Mg
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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 09:54 PM
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No cannabis.
No drugs of any kind. Excuse me?

Oh, I see. Big pharma scores a doomsday triumph.
Never bought into that multi millennia fad of natural science
and preventive medicine anyway. What the hell would 'God' know anyhow.
And evolution was just a reckless asshole, right?

We are dealing with complete morons.

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posted on May, 20 2017 @ 02:16 AM
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" doomsday vault " *

* does not actually contain any doomsday



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 02:24 AM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

Is it wrong to laugh at this? A doomsday vault, and they didn't design it well enough to avoid flooding?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 02:27 AM
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Relax, this isn't like a big time, serious "last hope" thing for the human race. It was and is a relatively small project as far as being a necessity for human survival.

It's a cool project, sure. But I wouldn't say it's a critical thing.



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