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'Doomsday' library joins Norway seed vault


Posted on Saturday, 8 April, 2017 | Comment icon 4 comments

Both vaults are situated on Spitsbergen Island. Image Credit: NordGen / Johan Backman
A new facility for archiving some of the world's most important documents has opened in the Arctic.
Built in 2008 around 810 miles from the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is an underground depository that preserves food crop seed samples in case of a global disaster.

The vault currently contains over 930,000 seed samples belonging to 4,000 different species.

It has now been joined by a neighboring facility known as the Arctic World Archive which will store historical, scientific and classical literature from all over the world on analog photosensitive film.

Countries and firms are able to contribute data to the vault using a secure IT infrastructure.

So far both Brazil and Mexico have submitted their own national archives for storage.

"In [the case of Brazil] it is documents, different kinds of documents from their national histories, like, for example, the Brazilian Constitution," said Rune Bjerkestrand, founder of the technology firm responsible for heading up the new project.

"For Mexico, it's important documents, even from the Inca period."

According to the company, the data in the vault will remain preserved for over 500 years.

Source: Live Science | Comments (4)

Tags: Svalbard, Norway, Vault

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by oldrover on 8 April, 2017, 19:45
Hey, perhaps this is where Rod Taylor went in his time machine. Exotic plants, loads of books, makes sense. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by White Unicorn on 9 April, 2017, 15:21
It's sad that these kind of vaults exist around the world. I only hope it is because of natural disasters rather than wars when they are used.
Comment icon #3 Posted by and then on 9 April, 2017, 15:36
I agree, but I'm glad that they are considering the fact that we could destroy our civilization (such as it is) someday.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dr.Brian on 11 April, 2017, 19:20
500 years? That's pretty sad, actually. We're such an "advanced" culture yet 500 years is all we can guarantee storage of materials? The Gutenberg Bible was printed on movable type and is the oldest known mechanically produced book. There are still 48 of these in existence and many still look fairly new- they are estimated to be 559 years old. There are other books that are twice this old that are still usable. This is what scares me about the Internet, one really big magnetic event and all of this "knowledge" is wiped out and without electricity it is not accessible even if undamaged.


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