Tucked a mountain on a remote Arctic island, beneath several hundred feet of rock and a near-constant blanket of snow, two imposing steel doors lock out the wind and bitter cold. Behind them, a long tunnel leads to a series of quiet, concrete rooms. Austere fluorescent bulbs illuminate thousands of black boxes crowded upon row after row of shelves, each box packed to the brim with dozens of heat-sealed silver packets.
In each packet is a handful of sleeping seeds — the last-resort guarantors of the future of our food.
VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press, February 12, 2009
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will modernize its icebreaker fleet and station
more researchers in the Arctic as part of its push to stake its claim
to the vast resources of the disputed polar region, a presidential
envoy said Thursday.
A Canadian iron mine company seeks to build a 143-kilometre private railway on Baffin Island
Oliver Moore, Globe & Mail, September 4, 2008
It will be
the world's most northerly railway, a private line snaking across the
permafrost and rock of Baffin Island at a projected cost of $10-million
The ambitious project is part of
a plan to tap iron-ore deposits 900 kilometres northwest of Iqaluit.
The plan is subject to regulatory approval and securing financing, but
preliminary drilling is already under way, say officials of Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.,which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
In order to strengthen its
presence on the archipelago Svalbard, Russia plans to open a scientific
station in the old mining village of Pyramiden.
Vice speaker in the Russian State
Duma and special representative to the President on international
cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic, Artur Chilingarov, told that
Russia has to prove its entitlement to the Arctic Shelf through
presence in the area, news agency Strana reports.
- We are going to be all over the Arctic, Chilingarov said. We have
opened a station on Franz Josef Land, where there has been no
observation activity for 20 years, and we are re-establishing the
network of polar stations. This is not just science; this is presence
in the Arctic.
According to Chilingarov, Russia plans to build a scientific station
and an observatory in already existing buildings in the old mining
village Pyramiden in course of the next two years.