Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

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The Doomsday Vault is located within a mountain in an Island in the arctic

The architect is Peter W. Söderman

Public art

Running the length of the facility's roof and down the front face to the entryway is an illuminated artwork named Perpetual Repercussion by Norwegian artist Dyveke Sanne that marks the location of the vault from a distance. In Norway, government-funded construction projects exceeding a certain cost must include artwork. KORO, the Norwegian State agency overseeing art in public spaces, engaged the artist to install lighting that highlights the importance and qualities of Arctic light. The roof and vault entrance are filled with highly reflective stainless steel, mirrors, and prisms. The installation reflects polar light in the summer months, while in the winter, a network of 200 fibre-optic cables gives the piece a muted greenish-turquoise and white light

 The door to the Global Seed Vault in Norway is kept closed to ensure the temperature inside the vault remains at -18 degrees Celsius. Picture: David Keyton

The door to the Global Seed Vault in Norway is kept closed to ensure the temperature inside the vault remains at -18 degrees Celsius. Picture: David Keyton

An extensive article including the latest news on repairs and changes to the Seed Vaults design after the permafrost melted and flooded the entrance in May 2017...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/features/global-seed-vault-the-arctic-s-doomsday-depository-that-could-save-plant-life-from-climate-change-a7810936.htm

FAQs 

https://www.croptrust.org/our-work/svalbard-global-seed-vault/faq-about-the-vault/

Australia will make a deposit of more than 28,000 seeds to mark the Vaults 10th anniversary in Feb 2018. 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-06-22/doomsday-seed-vault-donation-by-australia/8640296

 

 Another reason to visit....In Svalbard polar bears outnumber people and it is the only place where polar bear populations are increasing.   I just learnt that despite appearances, polar bears are not white. They have hollow, luminescent and transparent hair and black skin. The transparent hairs absorb radiation allowing the bear to stay warm and not be visible in infrared! The hollow transparent hairs reflect all the colours of the spectrum and our eyes read the colour as white, while the black skin absorbs more heat, keeping the bear alive in -40 degree celsius weather.  Here is a pretty incredible list of freakish polar bear facts...   http://listverse.com/2013/08/09/11-cool-facts-about-polar-bears/

Another reason to visit....In Svalbard polar bears outnumber people and it is the only place where polar bear populations are increasing. 

I just learnt that despite appearances, polar bears are not white. They have hollow, luminescent and transparent hair and black skin. The transparent hairs absorb radiation allowing the bear to stay warm and not be visible in infrared! The hollow transparent hairs reflect all the colours of the spectrum and our eyes read the colour as white, while the black skin absorbs more heat, keeping the bear alive in -40 degree celsius weather.

Here is a pretty incredible list of freakish polar bear facts...

http://listverse.com/2013/08/09/11-cool-facts-about-polar-bears/

Mountain Cabins

Cabana Veronica, Spain

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Cabaña Veronica is a small mountain refuge located at 2325m, near the Pico Tesorero and Collado de Horcados Rojos, in the Central Massif of the Picos de Europa. 

It has a capacity to sleep six in bunk beds and is owned by the Cantabrian Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing. It is equipped with a medicine chest, stretcher, a radio station belonging to Civil Protection and a meteorological station of the National Parks Network. There is no nearby water source. 

This bivouac or refugio-vivac is only only 9 m². It was inaugurated on August 13, 1961 and built using the metal dome from the antiaircraft battery of the US aircraft carrier USS Palau, which was being scrapped in Sestao. It took seven days to mount the pieces that were mounted on horseback.

 Cabana Veronica is rendered more accessible by an 800m cable car, or  Teleferico   that rises steeply through the clouds.

Cabana Veronica is rendered more accessible by an 800m cable car, or Teleferico  that rises steeply through the clouds.

Trailer for a Spanish language film that has been made documenting the history of the cabin, including its construction and background on the architect/engineer Conrado Senties, who named the shelter after his daughter....