Doomsday vault: Real-life ark gets 20,000 new seeds.

The Remote Island “Doomsday Vault” of Earth’s Seeds Keeps Getting Bigger

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March 19 2014 4:24 PM

Seeding

The Earth's “doomsday vault” gets 20,000 new specimens.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects seed samples from around the world behind four sets of air-locked doors on a remote island between Norway and the North Pole.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.

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