A vault full of samples of the world's most important seeds was reported, being carved into the Arctic premafrost. The objective of doing it is not to play treasure hunt with you, but to protect the various plant species from extinction in the event of nuclear wars, man-made or natural disaster that has the capabilities of destroying the earth; or even the sudden resurrection of dinosaurs (erm.. okie.. not funny..).
The vault lies in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, not too far away from the North Pole. Seeds sample will be contained in airtight bag, which in turn stored into the cold chamber. Temperature as low as minus 18 degrees Celsius. If the freezer were to fail, there is still the permafrost to ensure that the temperature will not rise above minus 3.5 degrees Celsius. Cool.
Security? It is protected by fortified concrete wall, an armoured door, a sensor alarm, and the native polar bears as security guards. It is believed to be able to withstand nuclear missile attacks. Wow!! WTF... Considering the disappearing of ice sheet and rising sea level due to global warming, they have placed it high enough to be reached only by the immortals. (More from Yahoo News and Gizmondo)
Is it really safe? We shall see. I only know that humans are funny creatures. They like to pack their valuables while the fire is still extinguisable. Only if humans could spend more efforts like this in protecting the environment, instead of building their Noah's Ark, what a difference we may make?