The basic EarthArk is doable by one person acting alone. All it requires is collecting some typical samples of commercial seeds, wild seeds from one’s local area a few small packets of soil from various places, packing them well and shipping them to the South Pole station. Once the package has reached the colder parts of Antarctica an EarthArk is in place and its exact location can be published to the EarthArk directory.The EarthArk directory would be a wiki style document which can be improved by any person merely by editing it. However there would be some monitoring and verification and a go back function such that nothing once posted to it would ever be lost. Numerous copies could be maintained both electronically and physically chiseled into stone and lead foil at various remote but documented sites around the world. Part of every EarthArk would be a directory of exactly where each of the other ones were located. Perhaps, because there may be people who are bent on destroying the world and preventing it from ever recovering to where it is now it would be desirable to have several hidden EarthArks which are put into locations such they would be invisible and would only weather out of their hiding places after thousands of years. These would only be found in the distant future by accident but once found could restore our planet.
Some of the basic blogs for the EarthArk
- The Earthark Project will restore the Earth.
- Give people of the future what they need to survive.
- Caffe Mediterraneum is the first EarthArk drop site.
- The first EarthArk is being prepared for Antarctica.
- Earthark Project suitcase and poster at the Caffe Mediterraneum
- Earthark Project – Sample Index Page
- The EarthArk Project Goals
ISO standard containers seen on ships, trains and trucks throughout the world would be ideal for Antarctic EarthArcs. They are extremely sturdy and once in place high in the Antarctic should be capable of enduring the weather for thousands of years unattended. If they were grouped together and buried slightly under loose gravel and snow they would be as durable as the landscape itself. Because of their stackability they could be used to form internal spaces between containers. Several containers set across an empty space between other containers already set parallel would then form a large protected inside space. This inside space could be used for living space when visitors are at the site, for storing equipment out of the weather for long periods when the site was unattended and for use as sorting materials brought in or to be taken out.
The first general purpose ISO container put in place is the most critical one because without a single backup of the basic materials which make up our world we are in grave danger of losing much of our biodiversity. With about 8 ISO containers formed into a hollow box there would be a working EarthArk which could easily be parked against with doors either out for ease of entry or faced inward for more security.