It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

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7 thoughts on “Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

  1. A lot can happen in 9 years. From the article: “When it was opened in 2008, the deep permafrost through which the vault was sunk was expected to provide “failsafe” protection against “the challenge of natural or man-made disasters”.”

    • Indeed, a lot has happened. The changes that we’re imposing upon this planet will shock our collective awareness at an ever increasing rate. There will come a day when the sheer weight of astonishment triggers a grand revelation within our collective consciousness. And, I hope not to live long enough to see it because all hell will break out on that day.

  2. Adaptation.
    The idea that we can manage climate change will prove the illusion we need to admit is beyond knowing. So many cascading events; methane releases, epidemics, extinctions, military conflicts and a great combination of events, especially food scarcity are just a few. The Seed Vault is the precise example of our limited ability to anticipate how changed our world is becoming. Better to greet the sun with a revised, planet-wide energy infrastructure than whistle into the abyss.

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