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    Photos from Chernobyl

    Some recent photos from the contaminated zone.

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    Wildlife defies Chernobyl radiation

    It contains some of the most contaminated land in the world, yet it has become a haven for wildlife - a nature reserve in all but name.

    Przewalski's horses are breeding in the zone

    The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life.

    As humans were evacuated from the area 20 years ago, animals moved in. Existing populations multiplied and species not seen for decades, such as the lynx and eagle owl, began to return.

    There are even tantalising footprints of a bear, an animal that has not trodden this part of Ukraine for centuries.

    "Animals don't seem to sense radiation and will occupy an area regardless of the radiation condition," says radioecologist Sergey Gaschak.

    "A lot of birds are nesting inside the sarcophagus," he adds, referring to the steel and concrete shield erected over the reactor that exploded in 1986.

    "Starlings, pigeons, swallows, redstart - I saw nests, and I found eggs."

    There may be plutonium in the zone, but there is no herbicide or pesticide, no industry, no traffic, and marshlands are no longer being drained.

    There is nothing to disturb the wild boar - said to have multiplied eightfold between 1986 and 1988 - except its similarly resurgent predator, the wolf.


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    It just gose to show the will of nature and that even the most ugly places can become the most amazing when wild life runs wild and free like was intended.
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    Hopefully people won't move there.
    Let the wildlife have their haven, they truly deserve it!

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    Yes Its pretty incredible and it's true!

    Seeing that Prezwalski's Horse (what a strange looking equine) It reminds me of a scene in the film Twelve Monkeys where Bruce Willis meets a lion while venturing "Topside" in a post apocalyptic New york.


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    Chernobyl - Land of Wolves

    http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chernobyl-revisited/

    http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chernobyl...chapter27.html


    Today I stumbled upon this great website while researching a bit about Chernobyl.
    It is written by a Russian girl who travelled through the area on her motorcycle with a Geiger-counter and a photo camera.
    She took interesting pictures and her report is also worth reading.

    I did an extensive search if this topic already exists on Skadi, but found nothing.
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