Latest Longyearbyen Stories

2009-02-26 14:25:20

The "doomsday seed vault" in the Arctic Circle is celebrating its first anniversary with the arrival of nearly 90,000 food crop seed samples, BBC News reported. After the four-ton shipment, more than 20 million seeds are now secure in the frozen repository. The $7 million Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built over 12 months some 426 feet inside a mountain, with the ultimate goal of protecting the world's food crop species against natural and human disasters. The facility opened in February of...

2006-07-06 08:05:00

By James Kilner LONGYEARBYEN, Norway -- Thais may not have a distinguished polar history but they are among the biggest ethnic groups in Norway's snowy Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. This group of islands roughly the size of Ireland and about 600 miles from the North Pole is the only place in Western Europe where migrants from developing countries do not need a visa or permit to work and live. "If you're able to find a job you have the right according to the treaty to come here," Norway's...

2006-07-01 20:05:28

By James Kilner BARENTSBURG, Norway (Reuters) - A Russian flag flutters over the concrete buildings hugging the side of a fjord on a remote Norwegian island deep inside the Arctic Circle. A stone bust of Lenin dominates the town square and vodka bottles line the bar's shelves. This is Barentsburg, a Russian coal-mining town of 500 people in the Svalbard archipelago, about the size of Ireland and 1,000 km (620 miles) from the North Pole. But it is a coal-mining town that has never...

2006-06-19 06:00:00

By James Kilner LONGYEARBYEN, Norway -- Work began in the Arctic on Monday on building a global bank of crop seeds that scientists hope will prevent the extinction of unique species such as those lost in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The underground vault on a remote island will hold about 1.5 billion seeds and 3 million varieties in a reinforced concrete tunnel drilled 70 meters (230 feet) into a mountain, guarded by two steel doors and controlled remotely from Sweden. "This seed bank is of...

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  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
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  • Audaciously; boldly.
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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'