Geography

The Island Of Cats

The Island of Cats

Cat Island also known as Tashirojima is a small island in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. The island contains two villages. The number of people living on the island has fallen from over 1000 to just under 100 in the last 50 years. However, for every person on the island, there are at least 6 cats. In Japan’s …

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Svalbard seed vault exterior

A Refrigerator in the Arctic

 Svalbard Global Seed Vault The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seed bank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, about  810 miles from the North Pole.  The seed vault is an attempt to insure against the loss of seeds in other genebanks during large-scale regional or global crises.  Remote Location The seed bank is 390 ft inside a sandstone mountain on Spitsbergen Island.  Seeds are packaged …

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