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'Noah's Ark' seed vault unveiled

Breaking Earth News: Norway
Image:An artist's impression of the Svalbard International Seed Vault

Feb 09, 2007
The Norwegian government has pulled back the curtain on the architectural design of a doomsday arctic seed vault intended to outlast cataclysmic rises in global sea levels and temperature.Situated on an island close to the North Pole, the Svalbard International Seed Vault will be carved into frozen rock to safely house three million seed samples of nearly every crop known to man.The designers of the project, which is being co-funded by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, say that the vault will "gleam like a gem in the midnight sun" as it preserves the "agricultural heritage of humankind".Construction on the vault will begin next month and is expected to be completed in September before being officially opened in winter 2008.

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