"In the Svålbard archipelago, over 600 miles north of Norway, the sun doesn't set between April and August. From October until February, on the other hand, it doesn't appear at all. As one of the closest landmasses to the North Pole, it may seem an inhospitable climate for all but the most resilient of miners or fishermen. Near the northerly town of Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen, however, the agricultural equivalent of Noah's Ark is nestled in the side of a snow covered mountain…" The book is cleverly divided into two distinct sections: the first studies the landscape and inhabitants of this Arctic outpost, the second then explores the impressive Svalbard Global Seed Vault and more. The binding reflects the rough nature of the environment and inside uses a considered mix of semi-gloss and matt paper stocks, all brilliantly designed by Tom Munckton.