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Finding Peace In The Doomsday Vault

February 25, 2008


This is perhaps the most significant piece of latest technology that pertains to the entire human race, without any form of discrimination involved.

The Doomsday Vault, situated in the Norwegian Svalbard Islands northwest of continental Europe and just off the North Pole, is a sealed facility that is capable of housing 4.5 million batches of seeds from all known varieties of the Earth’s main food crops, to be taken out for recultivation and regeneration of plant crops should all vegetation become extinct due to any severe environmental changes or disasters on Earth.

This reminds me of some sci-fi movie, one of those films starring Tom Cruise or Matt Damon, about doomsday scenarios and state-of-the-art futuristic technology and how the hero saves the day. The inner geek in me is really fascinated by this creation, which is built to withstand earthquakes and nuclear attacks. If only the Vault could double as a biology museum and is open to paying visitors, it would really be an eye-opening experience.

It is funny how the idea of something as gloomy and morbid as a Doomsday can actually bring together most of the countries in the world in contributing seeds to the bank for storage. It is almost heartwarming to see everyone contributing to the effort for all mankind. But if you think again, you’ll realize that they are probably acting in their own interests, nobody wants to be left in the cold when something as disastrous as Doomsday happens so they figure they better accumulate some karma for future use.

For those looking for peace, perhaps the Doomsday Vault is, ironically, the most peaceful place on Earth.

Source: BBC News
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