Humanity is expanding fast. Deforestation, Industrialisation, Running out of fossil fuels, Global warming and much more are weighing heavily on the future survival of human beings. As an attempt to save humanity in the future, we have to protect our present resources and save them for future.
Doing the same is the Croptrust group. They have set up a vault at one of the remote places of the world to store a large library of seeds for future use when they will become rare. This vault is called as Doomsday Vault and a recent happening created a doubt among the world on the Vault's survival.
Before knowing about the event, the vault must be given a proper introduction. Established by the Crop trust group, here are some of the quick facts about the vault:
- Also called as Svalbard Global Seed Vault
- Located on an island belonging to Slavbard archipelago between Norway and the North Pole
- Termed as fail-safe seed storage facility
- Survival of the vault can happen due to the permafrost and thick rocks surrounding
- Can work even without power
- A capacity of 4.5 million crop varieties
- A current storage of more than 8,80,000 samples
- A required working temperature of -18-degree centigrade
The construction of Doomsday vault began in the year 2006 and the vault opened in the year 2008. Currently collecting samples from all over the world with its recent major collection from war-torn Aleppo. The Vault is divided into following sections
- The Outside area is until which the vehicles are permitted to enter. A personnel will then transports from the vehicle to the inside of vault
- The initial area after entering the Vault is the Entrance Hall which also contains all the gear of the working staff
- A 100m long Tunnel interconnects the entrance hall and main chamber
- Main Chamber is the place where seeds are labelled
- A set of shelves in the Vault are used for storage
What Happened Now?
Global Warming affected the Doomsday Vault too. The will-not-melt Permafrost around the vault melted due to rains and reached the Entrance area of the vault. The irony here is that the Vault was deemed fail-safe with Permafrost being the sole reason of vault's survival.
Hege Njaa Aschim, from the Norwegian government, told the Guardian
It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that. The question is whether this is just happening now, or will it escalate?
Even though the seeds stored a lot deeper was not even slightly affected, the water flooded at the entrance question the Vault's ability to survive and run independently. The experts are now gathering around to make sure this incident does not repeat again and also planning to make the Vault more fail-safe.
These type of Vaults survival are essential for the survival of humans in the future. Global warming and pollution are making our Earth a ticking time bomb that may not go off soon but when it does there will be no chance for the survival of humanity. So let us hope these fail-safe vaults live up to their promises and hope we get more in the future.