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The ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault Protecting the World’s Crops Amid Catastrophes Like Coronavirus

Luise Boyle | The Independent

Rising out of the snowy expanse on a remote archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole, sits a granite edifice topped by a glowing art installation that resembles the Northern Lights. This is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a long-term storage facility which houses the world’s largest collection of crop diversity. In times of global catastrophe, like the raging Covid-19 pandemic, it stands as a quiet temple of security, protecting millions of back-ups of the world’s seed samples.

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