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Feature - Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Jonas Bendiksen
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure fortress which houses virtually every single seed known to man. Its mission is to ensure crop diversity and safeguard these seeds from worldwide crises including war, nuclear disaster, and natural catastrophes. It holds more than 860,000 samples of crop diversity.

During one of only two deposits made each year, photographer Jonas Bendiksen was given access to the vault through its operating owner The Crop Trust. Jonas follows the seeds' journey from the airport through four maximum security heavy steel doors, each with their own key codes. Finally, Jonas...

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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. The entrance to the seed vault.
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. The entrance to the seed vault.
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. New seeds being deposited at the Global...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Arriving seeds being scanned at Lonyearbyen...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Arriving seeds being scanned at Lonyearbyen...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Inside the storage facilities of the...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Inside the storage facilities of the...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Inside the storage facilities of the...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Inside the storage facilities of the...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Boxes containing seeds from North Korea...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Boxes containing seeds from Sudan inside...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Boxes containing seeds from Canada inside...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Inside the storage facilities of the...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. Marie Haga, executive director of the...
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. The entrance to the seed vault.
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NORWAY. Svalbard. 2016. The entrance to the seed vault.
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