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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:56 pm

The Red Forest or the Worm Wood Forest is located within the 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) area surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:58 pm

After the Chernobyl nuclear accident on April 26, 1986, the Worm Wood Forest turned a ginger-brown color and died. More than 90% of the radioactivity of the Red Forest is concentrated in the soil.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:00 pm

In the cleanup effort, most of the trees were bulldozed and buried in a collection of “waste graveyards.” The trenches were covered with a carpet of sand and planted over with new pine saplings.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:02 pm

Today, the Red Forest remains one of the most contaminated areas in the world. It holds a mixture of old growth pine, along with the new saplings planted in 1986.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:04 pm

The accident at Chernobyl has offered scientists an unparalleled opportunity to fully understand the passage of radioactive debris through an urban, rural, and natural environment over time.


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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:07 pm


In a remarkable turn of events, the wildlife in the Red Forest has adapted to the changes and not only survived, but flourished. In a remarkable turn of events, the wildlife in the Red Forest has adapted to the changes and not only survived, but flourished.
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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:09 pm


The forest has been labeled a “Radiological Reserve” and is a hotbed for endangered animals. A large collection of species has moved into the forest and biodiversity in the area has greatly expanded since the accident.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:10 pm

Since 1986, the population of wild boar in the Red Forest has exploded. The area is home to a large collection of wild species, including storks, wolves, beavers, lynx, elk, and eagles.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:12 pm

Birds have been observed nesting in the old nuclear reactors and many endangered species have been spotted. In 2001, the tracks of a brown bear were photographed in the streets of Pripyat.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:13 pm

In 2002, a young eagle owl, one of only 100 thought to be living in all of Ukraine, was seen on an abandoned excavator in the Red Forest, also an endangered white-tailed eagle was radio-tagged within three miles of the plant.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:15 pm

In 2005, a herd of 21 rare Przewalski’s horses escaped from captivity, bred in the area, and have expanded to 64. that was pretty impressive..

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:16 pm

The Red Forest still holds some unnatural behavior. The flora and fauna in the area has been dramatically affected by the radioactive contamination.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:18 pm

In the years following the disaster, there were many reports of mutant animals, but no cases have been confirmed to influence the genetic evolution of a species, except for the partial albinism in swallows and stunted tail feathers in birds.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:19 pm

It should be noted that mutant animals usually die quickly in the wild, so the creatures affected by the explosion are long dead.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:21 pm

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone now encompasses more than 1,600 square miles of northern Ukraine and southern Belarus, a ragged swatch of forests, marshes, lakes, and rivers.




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