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Svalbard Global Seed Vault Graphics

4 5 3 Svalbard Global Seed Vault 2 What is the SGSV? The purpose of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is to provide insurance against both incremental and catastrophic loss of crop diversity held in traditional seed banks around the world. The Seed Vault offers "fail-safe" protection for one of the most important natural resources on earth. Art Installation Dimensions of the Seed Vault Artist Dyveke Sanne and KORO, the Norwegian agency overseeing art in public spaces, have worked together to fill the roof and vault entrance with highly reflective steel, mirrors and prisms. The installation acts as a beacon, reflecting polar light in the summer months, while in the winter, a network of 200 fibre optic cables will give the piece a muted greenish-turquoise and white light. A 93.3-metre-long tunnel cut into the mountain connects the 26-metre-long portal building to the facility's three vaults. Each vault is approximately 9.5 to 10 metres (31.2 to 32.8 feet) wide and 6 metres (19.7 feet) tall, and approximately 27 metres (88.6 feet) long. 3 4 How many seeds will be in the vault? How will the seeds be stored? The seeds will be stored at minus 18 degrees Celsius (minus 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit). The seeds will be sealed in specially-designed four-ply foil pack- ages that will be placed in sealed boxes and stored on shelves inside the vault. The low temperature and moisture level will ensure low metabolic activity, keeping the seeds viable for decades, centuries, or in some cases thousands of years. The permafrost will still ensure the continued viability of the seeds if the elec- The Seed Vault has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples. Each sample contains an average count of 500 seeds, so a maxi- mum of 2.25 billion seeds can be stored in the facility. The collection and stor- Seed Vault Operations Office Located 80 metres from the entrance at the portal building, seed shipments from genebanks around the world will be inventoried and processed in this office. age of seeds wil| continue for some time. When just half of the first of three vault rooms is filled, it will hold the world's largest collection of seeds. tricity supply should fail. ROTO-9T-aco- seonesrevo

Svalbard Global Seed Vault Graphics

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This section contains resources on the construction and use of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. For images of the Seed Vault, please consult our Flickr page where you may find hundreds of pictures of t...


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