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Global Seed Vault flooded due to record-high temperatures

  • The Arctic’s Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a remote repository of nearly a million types of seed designed to withstand an apocalyptic catastrophe, may have met its match in climate change.
  • The facility, which is dug deep into Arctic permafrost, ran into unforeseen problems when record-high temperatures in the region caused said permafrost to melt, the Guardian reported
  • Water leaked into the facility’s 100-meter-long entrance tunnel and subsequently froze, forcing Norwegian government personnel to hack out the ice — though no harm came to the seeds, which are intended to preserve the planet’s biodiversity through human mismanagement or crises. Read more. (5/20/17, 1:54 PM)
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