Inside the Svalbard Seed Vault

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  • A rare look inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault which is closed ~350 days a year
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    More info on the seed vault:
    My trip to Norway was funded by Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Genepool Productions as part of a new project. More information soon.

    Special thanks to Bente Naeverdal and the Crop Trust:
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Comments: 5 812

  • Lifted_Above
    Lifted_Above 11 hours ago

    "preserving the diversity of the world's food crops"

    Oh isn't that interesting! And looking at nature for further observations, blue birds want to be with blue birds, eagles want to be
    with eagles and fly in the high places, gold finches want to be with gold finches, buzzards want to be with buzzards, ducks want to be with ducks. Storks want to be with storks. Each of it's own diverse kind. And animals such as these are much less intelligent overall than people are.

    And why so is there such a push around the world to end diversity among kindreds and tongues and nations of people? Just use war and terror and political force to displace kindreds of people and force integration with everyone else who doesn't look like them, doesn't talk like them, doesn't want the same things as them, doesn't think the same way as them? Gotta preserve the diversity of the world's food crops but make sure to destroy the diversity of the world's PEOPLE who eat those crops. The hypocrisy.

    And that is called "tolerance" and "love" to forcibly integrate diverse people together, producing children who are neither, destroying diverse cultures one birth at a time. Disrupting unity among workforces. Causing ethnic unrest and civil war.

  • Andreas Korento
    Andreas Korento 16 hours ago

    i can hear the dialekt

  • Fator Medo
    Fator Medo 17 hours ago

    This place had a part flooded due to ice melting.

  • John Hio
    John Hio 18 hours ago

    The place recently flooded due to melting permafrost... so much for fail-proofing.

  • Robert Cornhole
    Robert Cornhole 19 hours ago

    "I believe is called 'food libraries.'"

  • DJ Refusinq
    DJ Refusinq 22 hours ago

    My dad works there, Cool You got to SEE it! I loveee how You said "Bente" haha

  • TheBanjoShow
    TheBanjoShow 22 hours ago

    What's the minecraft seed name so I can check this map on my own? Looks really good. Also, what are those shaders? Looks realistic af.

  • Justin L
    Justin L 22 hours ago

    Marijuana is a "drug" with no legitimate human uses.

  • David Urquhart
    David Urquhart 1 day ago

    It could be important to store a wide variety of human sperm because of the possibility of an infectious genetic disease that we only recognize after a couple of generations when the uninflected have died.
    Also the medical benefits of currently illegal drugs from hallucinogenics to pain killers may not yet be known or yet have crucial application.

  • _Art3Eazy _Sy3
    _Art3Eazy _Sy3 1 day ago

    This tunnel reminds me of OUTLAST final chapter . Where the fat monster died

  • CesarConH
    CesarConH 1 day ago

    I don't care what seeds they save just save those Hass avocado seeds from Mexico!

  • Twh Az
    Twh Az 1 day ago

    No genetically altered seeds? That is stupid. Food is Food when your starving.

  • Physics Tutor
    Physics Tutor 1 day ago

    Your all videos are awesome .I love your channel.Really enjoyed...

  • David Jonston
    David Jonston 1 day ago

    We need to put weed and shrooms in there

  • JackyVivid
    JackyVivid 1 day ago

    The woman said 30 to 40 years!

  • # #
    # # 1 day ago

    Think I saw a thing recently about flooding of this place due to heavy rains and permafrost melt (Just the entrance) I'd be interested to see this again after they are done remodeling to prevent future issues.

  • John Davenport
    John Davenport 1 day ago

    That place flooded recently

  • gingerbreadmanquan
    gingerbreadmanquan 2 days ago

    no ganga seeds wdf even noah had cush wfd

  • Putra Wibowo
    Putra Wibowo 2 days ago

    It's flooded now

  • Mohammed Malik
    Mohammed Malik 2 days ago

    I'm in the toilet having diarrhea

  • Abdul Wahed
    Abdul Wahed 3 days ago

    if doomsday happens,everything will be destroyed

  • Dallas
    Dallas 3 days ago

    Didn't last 10 years. We are doomed.

  • Atlas Marvel
    Atlas Marvel 3 days ago

    Looks like the underground facility in the Outlast:Whistleblower DLC

  • Joakim Nilsen
    Joakim Nilsen 4 days ago

    Norwegians can't speak english

  • Twinkiebutts
    Twinkiebutts 4 days ago

    I heard this got flooded

  • Gotislav Vasiljkovic

    Sad thing is, it has started to melt.
    Last week it reached above freezing temperatures and there was a flood. No seeds were lost, but the Vault can no longer count on the natural permafrost enviroment.
    Truly sad.

  • Paki Bey
    Paki Bey 4 days ago

    want to know why Morocco has taken seeds really? contact me.

  • PatransitPlus
    PatransitPlus 4 days ago

    More evidence of new world order

  • Bojan Davidovic
    Bojan Davidovic 4 days ago

    Is this a lake? 7:45

  • DarkoAqua
    DarkoAqua 5 days ago

    So, in case of apocalypse and if I understand correctly, there are no labels on the boxes besides codes, you need internet to access database and find out what's in them, but you can't open any without a supervisor. When internet fails, and no database to connect to, you will be stranded with million boxes of seeds that you have no idea what they are until you open them at random. Sounds like a bulletproof plan to me that cannot fail. I understand privacy needs, because employees who maintain this system could steal some interesting samples, if they new upfront what they are on the box labels, but come on. To be fair, it sounds like a great script for a post-apocalypse game or tv show.

  • Atheris Nerayen
    Atheris Nerayen 5 days ago

    Aaaaand floded

  • Fausto Rodríguez Zapata

    Spring came, permafrost melted, the seed vault is flooded :(

  • Johannah West
    Johannah West 5 days ago

  • Mc Mckentucky
    Mc Mckentucky 5 days ago

    "Assuming, of course, global temperatures don't rise that much."

    Bad call.

    Also, when she said Syrian made a withdrawal. That was depressing to hear.

  • escott409
    escott409 5 days ago

    I'm honestly astounded that they will not accept marijuana seeds. From strictly a scientific standpoint, marijuana is an extremely valuable plant that we have so much more to learn about.

  • NinjaPups
    NinjaPups 5 days ago

    Funny this popped up in my recommended considering the recent news lol

  • Art Am
    Art Am 5 days ago

    and who should keep the keys???

  • Andlát Andometi
    Andlát Andometi 5 days ago

    No weed seeds? mate looks like i'll be digging my own vault.

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  • deville487
    deville487 5 days ago

    I heard got flooded now. Great job.

  • Dover Shores
    Dover Shores 5 days ago

    Brilliant idea by the Norwegian's. But now it's leaking and they say it is going to be water sealed from the INSIDE???

    If this area is flooded to the point of completely covering the vault the external pressures will push through the interior waterproofing like it didn't even exist???

    Regardless I'm glad someone is at least making some attempt to save the planet. GO SVALBARD!!

  • gilou gilou
    gilou gilou 5 days ago

    it's a weird idea beacause seeds and plants evolve each generation according to their environnement, so if we take of those seeds in 100 years, maybe they won't be able to grow anymore :/

  • Robert Fletcher
    Robert Fletcher 5 days ago

    DOOMSDAY has happened. The fault is flooding as the permafrost is melting.

  • crapstirrer
    crapstirrer 6 days ago

    One year later and climate change melting the permafrost has led to minor flooding.

    I hope the structural integrity is maintained despite the melting permafrost.

  • Evripidis Papaevripidis

    This looks like the rebel's base on Hoth

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  • Tyler Sanders
    Tyler Sanders 6 days ago

    Scorpion season 3 - like if you know what I am talking about.

  • Karan Kakkar
    Karan Kakkar 6 days ago

    marijuana=drugs. Instant Fail

  • sonu sud
    sonu sud 6 days ago

    didn't see that coming

  • Isaac Page
    Isaac Page 6 days ago

    UPDATE: Due to global warming the permafrost that supported the vault has melted thus causing it to sink and flood the interior of vault.

  • Christian
    Christian 6 days ago

    Not sure what I was expecting. I've heard of this place before, and in my head it looked more spectacular lol. It literally looks like a storage unit haha, but it would be very interesting to see and visit just to learn something from it. I really doubt that drug-related plants aren't stored in there. First of all, if they don't open the packages, how would they really know what's inside, so I bet some of the packages stored there are not what it seems to be.

  • Dariush Molavi
    Dariush Molavi 6 days ago

    sad :(

  • BillyCBoxingFan
    BillyCBoxingFan 6 days ago

    Oops, now that "permafrost" has melted and flooded the entrance.

  • jdblackbelt
    jdblackbelt 6 days ago

    Annnnd we've fucked the planet up enough that this place flooded.

  • predominantlysalad
    predominantlysalad 6 days ago

    WAAAAAA, it flooded because of the melting caused by climate change!

    Time to pull our fingers out.

  • Indygoflow1
    Indygoflow1 6 days ago

    nice guy but I can't stand his fake teeth

  • AJW
    AJW 7 days ago

    sounds like fallout 4 to me

  • Papageno
    Papageno 7 days ago

    I think I just saw weed in that fridge

  • Ted Schoenling
    Ted Schoenling 7 days ago

    hm, you may need to genetically modify a plant to handle the climate.. say it ain't so...

  • thundavolt
    thundavolt 8 days ago

    The no "drug" policy is too ignorant.

  • Charles Ramos
    Charles Ramos 8 days ago

    just a big waist of money... if i could go into the future and watch people try to grow these seeds would be a hoot, or completely devastating.. non gmo seeds dont work. hence gmo seeds

  • mark ashley
    mark ashley 10 days ago

    wtf they dont allow pot. this needs to remain for the next generation of humanity after WW3

  • The Saline Solution
    The Saline Solution 10 days ago

    No marijuana in the global seed vault? oh well I guess after the apocalypse there will be no need for natural medicine ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) how can smart people be so misguided at the same time?

  • German8383
    German8383 11 days ago

    the best thing is, this thing here will be never nuked, because most big nations got their seeds in it!

  • Mohamed Ebrahim
    Mohamed Ebrahim 11 days ago

    Dammit. I was really looking forward to putting my sperm in there.

  • David Ovando
    David Ovando 13 days ago

    They should also include instruction manuals in multiple languages on how to grow those seeds. If a doom day scenario happened, and i was rescuing seeds from the vaults, I would need a manual...

  • En Joy
    En Joy 14 days ago

    There are no opium or hemp/cannabis plants stored? Because nobody needs morphine or the 100k things you can make out of cannabis...

  • WillDoesEverything
    WillDoesEverything 14 days ago

    This was on my STAAR test

  • FreedomR115
    FreedomR115 15 days ago

    Expected all the top comments to be conspiracies about how Monsanto controls the world's food supply. But it seems like the main concern here is that there aren't any drugs in the vault.

    People have their priorities.

  • razara_c
    razara_c 15 days ago

    we are all going to be vegans xD

  • Dhrubajyoti Das
    Dhrubajyoti Das 15 days ago

    Surprised to witness the prudence of human being.

  • Uhh Maybe
    Uhh Maybe 16 days ago

    Wait wait wait. Isn't Veritasium from Melbourne? Where'd his Australian accent go?

  • P a n s a n e
    P a n s a n e 16 days ago

    Knowing Canada...

    We've stored pancake mix and maple syrup

  • hello
    hello 17 days ago

    Why tf wouldn't they save weed

  • Philz3TT
    Philz3TT 18 days ago

    That's Such Norwegian English

  • Alavance Bk201
    Alavance Bk201 18 days ago

    The facility reminds me of Outlast.

  • Angel Cortez
    Angel Cortez 18 days ago

    but weed is natural

  • Jamie
    Jamie 19 days ago

    Luckiest dude in the world.

  • Suvojit Banerjee
    Suvojit Banerjee 20 days ago

    Seeds are so precious! !

  • Lennard Rom
    Lennard Rom 20 days ago

    it's a shame to not store plants like marijuana. You can make almost everything out of it.

  • ValkyrieCat109
    ValkyrieCat109 20 days ago

    They need a gene-modified vault

  • Abhijeet Singh
    Abhijeet Singh 20 days ago

    Outlast 1

  • Shaun81000
    Shaun81000 21 day ago

    Is there a vault that keeps zillions of honey bees safe? Because without bees, those seeds aren't any use

  • Josiah Evans
    Josiah Evans 21 day ago

    Hey, he's used to -18 degrees Celsius...

    He's from Canada

  • András Fogarasi
    András Fogarasi 21 day ago

    4:01 Those aren't seeds. That's pollen.

    Though storing fertilized human seeds would be quite... disturbing.

  • KalloXX
    KalloXX 21 day ago

    inside looks same from Outlast

  • Robert Williams
    Robert Williams 22 days ago

    allegedly! lmao

  • AWildMoose
    AWildMoose 22 days ago

    9 million dollars to make this thing, WHATTT, THATS ITTTT!!!, HOW, SMALL MANSIONS COST MORE THAN THAT WTF!!!!!!

  • Rocksnotch
    Rocksnotch 22 days ago

    No drugs? So if the world really does have a disaster and all above ground crops are destroyed, marijuana is gone forever?

  • Mattti Ajelee
    Mattti Ajelee 22 days ago

    10 seconds in and this video is already awkward thanks to that lady's laugh

  • Alex Nicoara
    Alex Nicoara 23 days ago

    What if the ecosystem will be destroyed and the soil it's not more fertile for this kind of seeds?
    Anyway, a very good ideea for making money. 😂👍👏

  • bolla Madafaka
    bolla Madafaka 23 days ago

    Norge joo

  • Fator Medo
    Fator Medo 25 days ago

    They need brazilian seeds. They have a really huge variety of species, and even the best coffee of the world. How dare someone to rebuild the world without good cups of coffee?

  • Balys
    Balys 26 days ago

    looks like game Outlast

  • Alberto Ritteri
    Alberto Ritteri 27 days ago

    molto interessante!

  • wilfred correia
    wilfred correia 27 days ago

    7.35 someone just passed at the end of the aisle. Creepy!

  • Vilmer Carlsson
    Vilmer Carlsson 27 days ago

    Only complain is not storing any cannabis... i mean come on

  • Grumps Mgurt
    Grumps Mgurt 27 days ago

    How the hell did you get access to literally one of the most secure places of Earth?

  • chistine lane
    chistine lane 27 days ago

    So they can't take out the seeds and many plants are banned for arbitrary reasons. Also, you can't tell what's in them without power and a scanner


  • Joe Black
    Joe Black 28 days ago

    I can imagine a band of adventurers in a post apocalyptic time going on a legend this place and trying to find it.

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