In times of a global calamity, the only thing that would ensure that humans can still grow food is the Doomsday Vault. So what exactly is this Doomsday Vault?
It is an arctic stronghold that was created to preserve over a million packets of seeds from across the globe. But rising temperatures have started melting the snow around the vault and the water has started entering tunnel!
The vault was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world's seeds from global disaster to ensure humanity’s food supply forever.
Located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the vault contains over a million packets of seeds. Each seed is that of an important food crop that will sustain humanity in times of need. Soaring temperatures in the Arctic region have caused the permafrost to melt and since there is no permafrost acting as a barrier for the vault, water managed to seep in through the entrance tunnel.
The Vault is owned by the Norwegian government and they are now taking steps to ensure that the vault can take care of itself. Once the water entered the main tunnel, it froze and the entrance was like a glacier. Luckily, the water didn’t reach the seeds and the packets remained undamaged.
The authorities are now installing pumps that will draw the water out and they are also making drains around the vault that will draw meltwater away from the vault.
But this may only be a temporary solution, as it faces another crisis. The last year of 2018 was recorded as one of the hottest years ever. And the island on which the vault is located in the Arctic region and this chunk of land is the fastest to warm up on the planet.
To explain it to you, in simple words, this island gets hot more quickly than any other place on earth! While meltwater drains and water pumps are temporary solutions, the authorities are working on how to protect the vault in the long run.