Norway is to build a “doomsday vault” in a mountain close to the North Pole that will house a vast seed bank to ensure food supplies in the event of catastrophic climate change, nuclear war or rising sea levels.
Built with Fort Knox-type security, the three-million-dollar vault will be designed to hold around two million seeds representing all known varieties of the world’s crops. They are the precious food plants that have emerged from 10,000 years of selection by farmers.
The facility “would essentially be built to last forever,” according to a feasibility study.
It will be built deep in permafrost in the side of a sandstone mountain on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) from the North Pole. With walls of one-metre- (3.25-feet-) thick concrete, the seed bank will be protected behind two airlocks and high-security blast-proof doors.
The seed bank is expected to be created next year.
from warren ellis - original article
what'll be great is trying to break into the thing, once we've bombed each other back the the freaking stone age....
It was such a sweet idea, it's a shame scientists just don't think in real world terms.