Multi-million-dollar Upgrade for 'Doomsday Vault'

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February 27, 2018

On the heels of a new delivery of crops, the so-called "Doomsday Vault" is getting a multimillion-dollar upgrade.

Doomsday Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is 10 years old, recently got an infusion of more than 70,000 crops, putting the total number of unique food sources stored deep in the underground bunker to more than 1 million.

Now, just to make sure that the vault doesn't suffer a repeat of the 2017 flooding that infiltrated the entranceway, Norway's government has announced a 100-million- kronor (US$12.7 million) cash infusion to upgrade the facility. Among the upgrade projects are a new building for emergency power and refrigerators. Current requirements are that the vault must be kept at a temperature of –18° Celsius (–0.4 Fahrenheit). Also planned is a new concrete access tunnel.

The 10-year anniversary also featured a Seed Vault Summit, at which scientists and policymakers discussed conservation, diversity, and agricultural biodiversity.

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