Gallery: Scientists Planning to Cryo-Freeze Coral Samples to Preserve E...


The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located on Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, is a vast underground cavern that holds almost every type of seed in the world. The idea behind it is that if there is ever a regional or global disaster, the Vault will be able to replicate the destroyed plant life. It is essentially a Noah’s Ark for the world’s plant population, and an insurance policy against an ecological nightmare. A similar idea is now being considered for the world’s coral species. Due to rising ocean temperatures, scientists from the United States and Australia are attempting to freeze coral eggs and sperm so that the endangered species can be preserved.

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