How secure is the seed vault?
It has been called ‘the Noah’s Ark of plant diversity’. An apt description – had Noah’s Ark been built to also withstand asteroid impacts and nuclear bombs. The Global Seed Vault at Svalbard’s arctic archipelago is practically impenetrable and, unless you have actual business there, don’t expect to be allowed inside.
Why did the Svalbard vault need an upgrade just 12 years after it opened?
Solberg told New Scientist that the fact the facility had required upgrading so soon after its opening was a symbol that climate change is coming more rapidly than expected.
How long do seed vaults last?
Place the bag with the seeds into the back of the freezer where it won’t be disturbed. If you keep your seed in a cool place they will last up to 10 years.
Why is Svalbard a good location for a seed vault?
Svalbard was thought to be the perfect place to preserve and store seeds because it is a polar desert—cold and dry, with little snow and not much rain. In a cruelly ironic twist for what is meant to be a doomsday backup for civilization, climate change is working faster here than in many other places around the world.
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How long is winter in Svalbard?
Winter is long (going from October to May) and freezing, with frequent snowfalls, usually in the form of light snow. April and May are still freezing months, but with 24 hours of daylight, they are very different from the dark winter months.
Is Svalbard always dark?
As we nudge into October, it’s already dark in the evenings and there is noticeably less daylight as each day passes. We refer to the dark season in Svalbard as the “Polar Night”. The sun is at least 6 degrees below the horizon during this period and it’s pitch-dark 24/7.
How long is Svalbard in darkness?
For 100 days a year, the island’s 2,400 residents are plunged into darkness, with a blue season either side from late October to early March.
Why is Svalbard warm?
Until last winter, Svalbard counted 100 consecutive months with above normal temperatures. The Norwegian meteorological institute explains the heat with the negative spiral caused by climate change. Less sea-ice and less white snow-covered land mean less of the sunlight being reflected back to space.