Doomsday Arks


With a trillion-ton iceberg cleaving from Antartica, and debate over the exact causes seems never to end, I wonder “what is the infrastructural equivalent of it?” 

One immediate answer is found the giant, offshore seed vault Svalbard (Norway), which was colorfully referred to as one of the “Arks of the Apocalypse” in the New York Times Magazine. The anthropocene stirs, no matter what the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) suggests, and seed banks are a fascinating reflection of this transition for so many reasons. 

Positioning of the banks is a relevant matter, especially as the poles warm though their chill is badly needed to safeguard the hoards of life.

The legal and political hurdles to the seed banks also reflect — to my mind — near global confirmation that global warming is an undeniable reality.

But the breach has questioned the ability of the vault to survive as a lifeline for humanity if catastrophe strikes. 

Still, there is reason to believe that the seed bank is just fine.

There is video of the vault, which is otherwise closed to the pubic, of course.

While the most “popular,” Svalbard is one of many global seed banks around the world, most notably in England, India, Russia, and the US, but there are more. Still, amid all the seeds ensuring biodiversity — or so we hope — one can still hear the tick-tock of the doomsday clock.

3 thoughts on “Doomsday Arks

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  2. reminds me of zoos as being profoundly un-environmental in their thinking as if species apart from their niches are the same.
    really they are like the old natural history museums full of drawers of pinned and stuffed specimens only this time left for the aliens….

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