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article imageDoomsday Vault Begins The Cool Down Process

By KJ Mullins     Nov 17, 2007 in Food
The Doomsday vault in arctic Norway has begun the two month process of cooling down. The vault which has seeds of all known key group crops will be dropping the inside temperature to -18C. At this temperature the seeds will be preserved.
The vault is deep inside a mountain with the goal of safeguarding the world's crops from future disasters. Not even nuclear war should be able to harm the seeds that are scheduled to arrive in mid-February.
The Norwegian government is footing the $9 million costs of the construction of the vault. It will have space for 4.5 million seed samples.
"The seed vault is the perfect place for keeping seeds safe for centuries," said Cary Fowler, the Global Crop Diversity Trust executive director.
"At these temperatures, seeds for important crops like wheat, barley and peas can last for up to 1,000 years."
The vault is being built inside a mountain on the island of Spitsbergen. 621 miles north of Norway the area was picked because of its remoteness.
The seeds collection was started so that if there is a global catastrophe there will be seeds that can restart food production.
Engineers are using the natural rock and permafrost as a cold store. It's an efficient approach to energy that is popular in Norway.
We believe the design of the vault will ensure that the seeds will stay well preserved even if forces such as global warming raise temperatures outside the facility," explained project manager Magnus Tveiten.
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