The best and most permanent Eartharks are going to be high on the Antarctic plateau because the average temperature there is well below -40°C. However these sites near Mount Earthark ( -83.5 +83.5 ) 3,633 m, are so very cold and very difficult to get to that few if any people or any other living thing has been there for thousands perhaps millions of years. I haven’t heard of any rock samples being brought back to test so that assumption is speculation. However, there is little doubt that even with global warming these sites will remain very cold for thousands of years.
Closer to home for less permanent cold storage are local mountain tops. These are not nearly so consistently cold but they have an advantage in that people go there occasionally and these people could carry samples, collected by other people from the whole world, to these high cold-storage places. These sites have the advantage of most quickly and easily storing local wild seeds and other things. It is simply the carrying these things to a collection place and others who happen to be climbing these mountains taking what ever size package they feel is appropriate as high up the mountain as possible. Half way up to some staging container is okay because some later person could carry that load a little further up and eventually it would reach the best possible storage place. Some early climbers could carry a pick or shovel or a permanent containers such as garbage cans or barrels as their personal load. These could be used for many years for digging the Eartharks into the mountain to make them more permanent. Over a period of time the tools, containers and stored materials would become part of every mountain top but they would be buried to the point where they would be totally invisible unless you searched for them.
A record of what is taken to the top of each mountain would be kept locally and it would be uploaded on the internet to permanent Earthark wiki data centers, perhaps at Wikipedia. This is helpful because when it is known what is at each Earthark site it is also know what is needed there to make it better. This is an ongoing project rather like a wiki except that the material taken up is accumulative and need never be removed except at some time in the future when they are desperately needed. The following list is from Peak Bagger. Go there for lots more mountains to put Eartharks on. The list will get you started with the highest peaks on the various continents. It is recommended that you Cut and Paste the coordinates into Google Earth and also to click the -W- for the long Wikipedia article.
- Mount Everest 8850 Asia ( +27.988 +86.926 ) –W–
- Aconcagua 6962 South America ( -32.653 -70.012 ) –W–
- Mount McKinley 6194 North America ( +63.070 -151.006 ) –W–
- Kilimanjaro 5895 Africa ( -3.076 +37.354 ) –W–
- Elbrus 5642 Europe ( +43.353 +42.437 ) –W–
- Vinson Massif 4892 Antarctica ( -78.530 -85.62 ) –W–
- Puncak Jaya 4884 Australia-Oceania ( -4.083 +137.182 ) –W–
- Mont Blanc 4810 Europe ( +45.834 +6.865 ) –W–
- Mount Kosciuszko 2228 Australia-Oceania ( -36.456 +148.263 ) –W–
The mountains above are all okay but Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko at only 2228 meters isn’t high enough to maintain a permanent frozen condition. Mount Puncak Jaya on New Guinea island, Indonesia is quite high at 4884 meters but it is so close to the equator that, with global warming, even at this altitude, click to see it will not retain ice for a thousand years. Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa also isn’t maintaining its ice cap even now so those nearby regions will best be served by a dedicated African-Antarctic isotainer Earthark. So the better option for these localities is to place a dedicated isotainer on Antarctica dedicated to their locality and ship their materials there.
Eventually it is hoped that all regions will have dedicated isotainer like containers filled with local materials in deep freeze storage at the Earthark site in Antarctica ( -83.5 +83.5 ). Once these Eartharks are in place they will preserve much of the modern Earth’s living forms for revivification in the distant future. Although we will be long gone those people in the future will live much fuller lives because of our timely actions.
The goal of The Earthark Project is to maximize the long term health of humanity and the Earth.