Doomsday vault to avert world famine -- New Scientist

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The government of Norway has decided to do a service to humanity, by building a huge 'doomsday seed vault' for our post-apocalyptic future. They hope to have represented ALL of the world's varieties of domesticated crops. A monumental task... like backing up the hard drive of human civilization.

From Doomsday vault to avert world famine - earth - 12 January 2006 - New Scientist:

WITHIN a large concrete room, hewn out of a mountain on a freezing-cold island just 1000 kilometres from the North Pole, could lie the future of humanity.

The room is a "doomsday vault" designed to hold around 2 million seeds, representing all known varieties of the world's crops. It is being built to safeguard the world's food supply against nuclear war, climate change, terrorism, rising sea levels, earthquakes and the ensuing collapse of electricity supplies.