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An art installation by Norwegian artist Dyveke Sanne casts a glow at the entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault while the nascent Aurora Borealis swirls in the sky above. The Global Seed Vault is a secure repository of plant seeds from all regions of our planet. It is located on the remote island of Spitsbergen, 1300 Km south of the North Pole, far from civilization, conflicts, earthquakes and 150m above sea level. The structure in the picture is one end of the 130m-long tunnel which reaches deep into the mountain’s permafrost. There, over 20 millions of seeds from all around the world are stored in a low-oxygen environment. In the event of electricity loss, the temperature inside the vault would take many weeks to rise from the -18C degrees it is currently kept at, until it matches the bedrock’s -3C.