Friday, May 19, 2017

About that Invulnerable Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle

Just like Superman's Fortress of Solitude

The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault was built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters. Photograph: John Mcconnico/AP

It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

(The Guardian:  Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts)

Whoops, the Fortress of Solitude leaks but no seeds were lost.  The concept, however, is shot all to hell in this location.

The Rockhouse lauds this attempt since it's a textbook implementation of the Motie doomsday museums they used to recover after their frequent wars.  How could the Norwegians have imagined the water would threaten them when it never had previously.

Ref:  "The Mote in God's Eye" - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Ed:  they might have listened to the scientists regarding climate change when they first started building it

Roger that

Probably the safest place for a doomsday vault of this nature is in the mountains in whichever range is judged the most geologically stable.

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