In The Field

Built to last (until doomsday)

The Svalbard seed vault is built to survive a range of natural and man-made meltdowns. It’s high enough on the mountain’s face to rise above any projected sea-level rise, and given that it’s seed collections will be nestled more than 100 metres inside the rock, it can potentially withstand nuclear explosion or earthquake. Its tapered shape is designed to cut through avalanches or landslides, meaning that its entranceway can still be reached. Given that the Doomsday vault is intended to last for centuries, the facility was designed to endure a range of doomsday scenarios. 


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