10: Svalbard Global Seed Vault
For Building the Ultimate Insurance Policy for the World's Food Supply
There's a reason they call it the doomsday vault. Buried deep inside an Arctic mountain in Norway, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built to safeguard the world's food inventory, no matter what Mother Nature or other forces throw at it. Earthquakes, war, floods, even the dreaded malfunctioning freezer. It doesn't matter. Funded by the government of Norway, the US$9 million project was specifically designed to provide safe haven for nearly 1 million seed samples considered essential for human civilization.