There is a vault that is located 1,300km beyond the Arctic Circle on the Svalbard archipelago that opened in 2008 to protect crop seeds from across the planet that can be used in case of a global catastrophe.
The vault houses over 860,000 samples from various nations and is built upon permafrost-soil that remains frozen throughout the year.
Because of the war in Syria, the first request to withdraw seeds from the doomsday vault has been made by researchers in the Middle East to replace seeds damaged in the war in a gene bank close by the Syrian city of Aleppo. Once paperwork is completed, this would be the very first withdrawal from the vault.
The vault, funded by Norway and the Organization, Crop Trust, is kept locked for most of the year and only a few people in the world have access to enter the vault.
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