The World’s 13 Most Guarded Places, And Their Dark Secrets

3. The Svalbard International Seed Vault

This is humanity’s very last hope.


Should all go awry and the planet itself be destroyed, the Seed Vault is the only way Earth (and humans) can live again. The vault is inside an old copper mine deep in the Arctic Circle in the middle of a barren island.

The seeds are safely sealed behind blast-proof doors that guard the facility with motion sensors and several feet of thick concrete.

A feasibility study prior to construction determined that the vault could, for hundreds of years, preserve most major food crops’ seeds. Some, including those of important grains, could survive far longer—possibly thousands of years.


The World's 13 Most Guarded Places, And Their Dark Secrets

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