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On 26 February 2008 the Svalbard Global Seed Vault officially opened. The seed bank is situated 120 meters (390 ft) inside a sandstone mountain on Norway’s Spitsbergen Island, about 1,300 km (810 mi) from the North Pole.
To date, there are an astonishing 864,309 seed varieties in the vault (approx. 1.5 million distinct seed samples of agricultural crops are thought to exist globally).
















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