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KEEPING THE WORLD'S SEED SUPPLY SAFE








Watch the video here:
https://vimeo.com/42872546







Steve Rowell


"In the Best of All Possible Worlds"

2011, 5 minutes 52 seconds, USA and Norway, English, 16:9, 1080p video with stereo sound


Collection: The Long Now Foundation

A short video from a larger research project “The Cold Coast Archive”, in collaboration with artists Signe Lidén and Annesofie Norn.



 Both this video and the collaborative project use the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV) as a starting point for investigations into and extrapolations from the broader meaning of a remote landscape of contingency and preparedness. 



Built to withstand catastrophe, the SGSV is the most robust food-crop seed vault on Earth, buried in a frozen mountainside, on the arctic island of Spitsbergen. It was opened in 2008 and is currently hosting seeds from nearly every nation on Earth. 



Deep time, Disaster planning, Geopolitical speculation, and climate prediction, are recurring themes for both the place and the project. Spitsbergen is part of the Svalbard Archipelago, in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. It is one of the most remote and pristine places on Earth.



Video: Filmed in February 2011, during the first week of sunlight for that year.



Audio: Field recordings made inside the vault and at various mountaintops and fjords around Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.



Voice: Professor Roland von Bothmer, Public Relations Officer for the SGSV (recorded inside the vault by Signe Lidén during a August 2011 interview).


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Alphonso





Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia








Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 


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Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.



However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.




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The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 




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