The Arctic 'Doomsday' Seed Vault Just Stashed Away 60,000 More Seed Samples

A "doomsday vault" nestled deep in the Arctic received 60,000 new seed samples on Tuesday, including Prince Charles' cowslips and Cherokee sacred corn, increasing stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe.

Mounting concern over climate change and species loss is driving groups worldwide to add their seeds to the collection inside a mountain near Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300 kilometres (about 800 miles) from the North Pole.

The "Noah's Ark" of food crops is set up to preserve plants that can feed a growing population facing climate change.

Before it's too late

A total of 36 regional and international institutions have contributed to the 60,000 samples that were deposited.

The new arrivals include staple crops such as wheat and rice, as well as wild varieties of European apple trees.

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