Aussie farmer puts seeds in doomsday vault

Geraldine Coutts
Radio Australia

An Australian farmer has deposited hundreds of seeds in an Arctic vault for preservation.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, known as the doomsday vault, is located about 12,000 kilometres from the North Pole in Norway.

The vault is built into solid rock 60 metres above sea level in a layer of permafrost, which means the temperature will never rise above minus 20 degrees Celsius.

In an earthquake-free zone patrolled by polar bears, the Global Seed Vault has been described as the safest place on earth.

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