The Arctic Seed Vault, previously thought to be impregnable, is due for a major $4.4m upgrade following a breach caused by melted permafrost which flooded access tunnels earlier this year.
The vault’s planners had not anticipated the extremely warm weather that caused the globe’s hottest recorded year in history. Access tunnels will be improved for greater drainage and waterproofing of the interior walls.
Since the melting has undermined the vault’s reputation as being able to exist without human intervention, the repository is under 24-hour watch.
Image: Svarlbard Global Seed Vault. By Bjoertvedt / CC-BY-SA 3.0
This story is taken from the 16 June 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.