Norway has carved a deep vault into the side of a frozenmountain, in a secret location on an isolated Arctic island.This being Norway, it’s not a hidden nuclear weapons cache,it contains?SEEDS.

CNN reports that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault willeventually hold about 3 million of the world’s crop seeds,all stored in case ofglobalcatastrophe. Agriculture Minister Terje Riis-Johansen callsit a “Noah’s Ark on Svalbard.” There are already 1,400 seedbanks around the world, but Norway wants its seed vault tohold duplicates of all of these.

The trust’s executive secretary Cary Fowler says, “Thisfacility will provide a practical means to re-establishcrops obliterated by major disasters.”

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