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Exploring the Arctic’s global seed vault

Deep in the frozen north sits the island of Svalbard, a territory of Norway. Despite its isolation, Svalbard hosts one of the most important buildings in the world: a seed bank containing all of our most precious crops and agricultural plants. Were the Earth to face a devastating catastrophe, this bank would allow us to rebuild our food supply — even if all of our plants were wiped out. How do scientists at Svalbard keep these seeds safe?

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