'Doomsday' seed vault entrance repaired after thaw of Arctic ice

'Doomsday' seed vault entrance repaired after thaw of Arctic iceBy Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – Norway is repairing the entrance of a “doomsday” seed vault on an Arctic island after an unexpected thaw of permafrost let water into a building meant as a deep freeze to safeguard the world’s food supplies. The water, limited to the 15 meter (50 ft) entrance hall in the melt late last year, had no impact on millions of seeds of crops including rice, maize, potatoes and wheat that are stored more than 110 meters inside the mountainside. It seeks to safeguard seeds from cataclysms such as nuclear war or disease in natural permafrost.



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