Monday, August 27, 2007

Seed Bank

The Svalbard International Seed Vault will be built inside a mountain in a man made tunnel on the frozen Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. It will be designed to survive catastrophes such as nuclear war, hurricanes, and world war. It will be operated by the Global Crop Diversity Trust. A tunnel will be created in a sandstone mountain on Spitsbergen, which is part of the Svalbard archipelago, about 966 kilometers (600 miles) from the North Pole. The area's permafrost will keep the vault below the freezing point of water and the seeds will be protected by 1-metre thick walls of steel-reinforced concrete. There will be two airlocks and two blast-proof doors.[2]

From wikipedia…search: seed bank
I picked up new issue of New Yorker which caught my eye with story of seed banks.
I thought once to store food at the poles...natural refrigeration...or the abyssal ocean...but not the seeds.
And I thought too how use full the moon can be with it's vacuum and cold and hot environment. Food could be stored there for a long time, along with most anything. The potential uses of nearby outer space are immense.
Pics are of a marmot from today's hike to Mt. Dana. One tiny patch of snow...
Animal planet is on...Meercat of a Goshawk that I the animal abuse police show.
Tree in the Door
August 27, 2007

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