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Any sources on this? I’m tempted to start looking through the proposition documents on regjeringen.no, because it called it “The Doomsday vault” for years talking about it would be very handy to have if there was a nuclear war or asteroid hit.
in 2013 the manager of the svalbard seed bank said (google translate):
In 2006, therefore, the efforts to build a global seed bank on Svalbard. The location was convenient. With local coal could vault cooled to an optimum storage temperature of minus 18 degrees. If a power failure occurs, held permafrost in Plateau Mountain 3.5 degrees below zero all year and the seeds would remain relatively undamaged.
**More important was the fact that Svalbard is located in a remote and politically quiet corner of the world.** Although the vault is designed to withstand asteroid impact, nuclear war and global climate change (the entrance is so high above sea level at both poles will melt without sea when the entrance area), there were no immediate threats to the secluded warehouse.
**This facility is primarily conceived for the local conflicts and disasters, like the one in Syria, he says, and emphasizes that this is not something “doomsday vault,” as it has been portrayed in the media.**