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A Norwegian archipelago comprising Spitsbergen and other islands in the Arctic Ocean north of the mainland. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located on Spitsbergen.


(Norwegian ˈsvaːlbar)
(Placename) a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, about 650 km (400 miles) north of Norway: consists of the main group (Spitsbergen, North East Land, Edge Island, Barents Island, and Prince Charles Foreland) and a number of outlying islands; sovereignty long disputed but granted to Norway in 1920; coal mining. Administrative centre: Longyearbyen. Pop: 1970 (2013 est). Area: 62 050 sq km (23 958 sq miles). Also called: Spitsbergen


(ˈsvɑl bɑr)

a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean, N of and belonging to Norway: includes the Spitsbergen group. 2,715; 23,958 sq. mi. (62,050 sq. km).
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Noun1.Svalbard - a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean
Kingdom of Norway, Noreg, Norge, Norway - a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula; achieved independence from Sweden in 1905
Spitsbergen, Spitzbergen - islands in the Svalbard archipelago to the east of northern Greenland; belonging to Norway
Arctic Ocean - ice covered waters surrounding the North Pole; mostly covered with solid ice or with ice floes and icebergs
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Summary: Moscow [Russia], Feb 27 (ANI): Russia plans to transfer about 2,200 specimens of food plant seeds to the Global Seed Vault on Norway's Arctic island of Svalbard, an official said on Monday.
After ten years of operation, it is time for technical improvements at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
Completed in 2008, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault--also known as the "Doomsday Vault"--is intended to protect Earth's food supply in the event of a global disaster by safeguarding hundreds of millions of seeds from all over the world.
Stunning scenery in Svalbard FLOATING perilously on a wafer-thin diamond of ice, a coil of slashed and scarred blubber drifts into the blackened harlequin sea.
MOSCOW, Oct 26 (KUNA) -- Russia's emergency department on Thursday announced a helicopter is missing at sea with eight people aboard off the coast of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
Norwegian rescuers searched in vain on Thursday for a Russian helicoptermissing at sea with eight people aboard off the coast of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
Norway still maintains that the Latvian trawler that was arrested in Norway in January had been catching crab illegally as neither the EU nor Latvia have the authority to issue the necessary crabbing licenses without Norway's consent, and since the Latvian vessel Senator had not such license its operations around the Svalbard archipelago can be considered illegal.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault and GoPro launched a fundraising program Tuesday, money from which will go toward ensuring the conservation of Earth's crop diversity.
To do this, they made the first withdrawal from the Norwegian "Doomsday" Global Seed Vault, located on the icy archipelago of Svalbard.
To reach the North Pole, he travelled from Manila to Oslo, Norway, and flew to a town called Longyearbyen on the Svalbard archipelago, which is halfway between Oslo and the North Pole.
In Namibia, Costa Rica, The Azores and Svalbard in the Arctic, she'll discover how animals adapt to deal with these hostile environments, and meets interesting people who've made their homes there.