The Global Seed Vault, which had been especially built to secure a million packets of the world’s most precious seeds from all natural and man-made calamities, was flooded by the melting ice of the Arctic.

Also popularly known as the “Doomsday Vault” is buried under a deep mountain in the Arctic circle and situated in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

The vault is a lifeline for humanity if any catastrophe hits planet Earth. But climate change reaction has been so strong that parts of the facility near its entrance have been flooded by melting permafrost.

No seed deposit has been harmed, but scientist never envisioned this to happen so quickly. The melted water ran into the start of the vaults tunnel, then froze back like it was a glacier. The large amount of melt water this season was unexpected.

They need to study quickly were the water is coming in and the amounts to figure out what the situation is. The whole planet is warming, and that includes Svalbard.

IBT / Crickey Conservation Society 2017.


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