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In the distant northern polar region, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, a remote archipelago called Svalbard sinks into the Polar Night from November to February. For several months, the Sun stays well below the horizon and Svalbard turns into an eerie, mesmerizing arctic winter wonderland.
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If people heard of Svalbard Archipelago, chances are it is because of the Global Seed Vault.
The vault itself is situated 120 m deep inside a mountain surrounded by permafrost. It is a long-term seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters. The Seed Vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity; as of 2017 there more than one million seeds stored there.
The entrance to the Vault is also an art installation called ‘Perpetual Repercussion’. In winter, its muted greenish-turquoise and white light imitates the Northern Lights.
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Maria Sahai (c)
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World's Northernmost Settlement & Polar Night
In the distant northern polar region, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, a remote archipelago called Svalbard sinks into the Polar Night from November to February. For several months, the Sun stays well below the horizon and Svalbard turns into an eerie, mesmerizing arctic winter wonderland.<br />
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If people heard of Svalbard Archipelago, chances are it is because of the Global Seed Vault. <br />
The vault itself is situated 120 m deep inside a mountain surrounded by permafrost. It is a long-term seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters. The Seed Vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity; as of 2017 there more than one million seeds stored there.<br />
The entrance to the Vault is also an art installation called ‘Perpetual Repercussion’. In winter, its muted greenish-turquoise and white light imitates the Northern Lights.