20 Forbidden Places You Can Never Visit

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

So imagine the scene, post nuclear fallout as the survivors attempt to rebuild and sustain human life upon planet Earth. The powers that be have got you covered.

At least in terms of seedlings; 400 feet into a mountainside on the remote island of Spitsbergen, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, lies a subterranean seed storage facility. The Global Seed Vault as its known, houses approximately 890,000 samples of 4,000 different species of seeds from all over the world.

The vault is designed as an insurance policy in the event of a global disaster that could wipe out certain species of plants, and more importantly major food supplies. The Doomsday Vault is ominously described as ‘the final back up’ and has recently had its first withdrawal to retrieve vital seeds for Syria in the wake of the ongoing bloody conflict.


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