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2009-01-11 06:39:31
I had read about it and went in search of a photo on the Net. I just copied and pasted the article.
2009-01-10 17:17:01
... in the Arctic REGION, not Arctic CIRCLE. Svalbard is at 78°00′N 20°00′E and the Arctic Circle at 66°33'N. - Very interesting information, Connie, thanks! I had not read about this before.
2009-01-10 09:31:11
Very interesting Connie. Thanks for informing us of this important work.
2009-01-10 05:09:30
Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway opened its doors on 26 February 2008, to the first deposits of what will eventually be 100 million seeds from over 100 countries. Seeds such as maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, eggplant, lettuce, barley, and potato were some of the first deposits in the seed vault. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault contains the most diverse and comprehensive collection of food crop seeds in the world. Located on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Circle, the vault was built 130 meters deep inside a frozen mountain. Its purpose is to serve as a library for food crop species that may become endangered or extinct due to climate change. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has been built to ensure the safe storage of hundreds of millions of seeds for several centuries or more. Even if the worst-case scenarios of global warming prove to be true, the vault will remain naturally frozen for up to 200 years, thanks to its location in the Arctic Circle. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, along with the African Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmentalist Wangari Maathai, together placed the first seeds in the vault. European Commission President Joseģ Manuel Barroso, along with numerous dignitaries and agriculture experts, also deposited seeds during the ceremony, while music was provided by Norwegian musicians and choirs. Prime Minister Stoltenberg commented that, "With climate change and other forces threatening the diversity of life that sustains our planet, Norway is proud to be playing a central role in creating a facility capable of protecting what are not just seeds, but the fundamental building blocks of human civilization."