The Global Doomsday Seed Vault’s First Withdrawal
On the island of Spitsbergen in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, near Longyearbyen, stands a doomsday seed vault buried deep within a mountain and well above rising sea levels, that presently houses the world’s supply of 865,00 varieties of seeds in the event of crop failures and the destruction of crop diversity. When full, the vault will hold over 4.5 million samples, about 2 billion seeds. As a result of the Syrian war, the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas, now based in Beirut had made the first request for the withdrawal of some seeds.
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