In this quest for a life refuge for the human species there is one island that stands out, in part because there is already a major effort there to save it as a primordial Eden. It is curious that it is named Adams Island because the intent here with the Lifehaven project is to reconstitute humanity along with all of the other species. To give humanity a second chance after they fail with their first attempt at high-tech civilization. The intent of this Lifehaven project is not just to preserve humans, but to preserve as much of the genetic code of the planet as is possible. All of the plants, and all of the animals along with all of the viruses, and all of the bugs, all of the information encoded by humans, and all of the wisdom. It is all to be stored for the rebuilding of the earth in this safe and remote location. This site has been intentionally chosen for its nonmilitary value so that it will not be targeted in a major war, and peopled with people chosen by vote from all populations, and some people chosen from all humanity by absolute chance lottery. Everyone has a chance to participate. Everything of military interest is to be avoided by this Lifehaven except for short range weapons for local protection against intruders, who were not selected by that universal human process that chose the people of this habitat to represent all humanity.
Adams Island is that portion of the Auckland Islands on the right of this photograph. It is joined to the larger portion of the islands by the isthmus seen here which has a gap to our left separating them into islands.
The plan would be to create a Lifehaven out of a retired cruise ship or a retired aircraft carrier, chosen because of their large size, and existing housing for over a thousand people, and plant this ship permanently into the side of the hill. Material would be mined from out of the interior of the hill and used to literally bury the ship. The sides would be filled in to the angle of repose and planted over and the deck would be covered to an appropriate depth with soil, a meter or so, and the whole thing planted over. After completion the view would look almost identical to the one in this picture except that the inlet in the middle distance ( -50.865 166.028 ) would be extended out into the inlet about the width of a ship. After the grass grew back in, the entire project would be invisible. Even the wildlife wouldn’t know the Lifehaven was there. Because the harbor, which is open at the other end, is so protected from the stormy weather the construction would be easier as would be mooring of the occasional supply ship.
Because, the intent of this project is to protect all life, the Lifehaven would be designed from its inception to have a minimal impact on the local environment. And, in fact, because the people involved are especially sensitive to those issues, it is more likely that this habitat would be made to be a working example of what can be done with proper environmental protections.
At Adams Island the outside weather is blustery and cold all year round, but this project is intended to be designed as an underground environment. It is intended that it can be self sustaining for in excess of one year without any access to the outside world whatsoever. This is its function as an underground Lifehaven. Because it is underground the external environment isn’t so very important.