Last 'seeds' of Earth safe now; water breached the entrance at 'Doomsday Vault'
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 22-May-2017

Oslo, May 22: No human invention till today could predict earth’s disappearance from its solar system. With constant climatic changes and technological developments, scientists are finding new traces of any earth-like planet in other universe. As a result to save the human species and its natural resources, scientists have carved a “Global Seed Vault” beneath Svalbard, midway between Norway and the North Pole. The vault holds more than 500 million seeds from around the globe that could be used to recreate food supplies.

However, unseasonably warm temperatures last fall caused water to breach the entrance to the Arctic's so-called "Doomsday" seed vault, one of humanity's last hopes after a global catastrophe.

Hege Njaa Aschim, a spokeswoman for the management company, Statsbygg, said water seeped only about 15 meters in to part of an access tunnel during the "very unusual warm and rainy October." The seeds were left unharmed.
The permafrost in the vault acts like nature's refrigerator. Even if the power fails, the temperature inside would eventually stabilize at -8 degrees Celsius (17.6 degrees Fahrenheit), which is low enough to preserve the vault's contents for decades.

The Global Seed Vault opened in 2008 as a way to protect and preserve seeds in case of worldwide agricultural calamity. The seeds' genetic traits make them vital if a species of plant is wiped out by war, drought or floods. For example, Australian wild rice is resilient to pests and disease.