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Disaster Planning: Norway builds a 'doomsday vault'
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
12 January 2006
Norway has revealed a plan to build a "doomsday vault" hewn out of an
Arctic mountain to store two million crop seeds in the event of a global
The store is designed to hold all the seeds representing the world's crops
and is being built to safeguard future food supplies in the event of
widespread environmental collapse.
"If the worst came to the worst, this would allow the world to reconstruct
agriculture on this planet," Cary Fowler, the director of the Global Crop
Diversity Trust, told New Scientist magazine. The Norwegian government
is planning to start work on the seed vault next year when construction
engineers will drill into a sandstone mountain on the island of
Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago, about 600 miles from the
North Pole. news.independent.co.uk