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Wildlife defies Chernobyl radiation

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posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:45 AM
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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.

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.

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What a fascinating read!




posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:47 AM
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Thats pretty encouraging. All we need to go is give these animals a preserve and some space and they might start to come back.



posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:48 AM
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It's all about God.
He loves his animals.



posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:56 AM
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Nice, but I can't help thinking about the possibility of mutant animals. What if the bird flu gets there? Will it increase it's chance of mutating in radioactive contaminated land? Sorry if I am off-topic...



posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 12:01 PM
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Yeah, it sound's good now, but are we going to get some sort of radioactive super animal's. What if they take over the world? You wont be so cheerful when that horse is trying to gut you...



posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 01:00 PM
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Interesting read; life is resilient, and will come back given time.

*image removed; second thought.

[edit on 23-4-2006 by GameSetMatch]



posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 05:28 PM
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When I read this article I went ballistic.
It is 20 years since the disaster in Chernobyl and consequences are greater than we've been told.

So, before we congratulate each other how the nature is fighting back I suggest that you read this report about this biggest nuclear disaster in human history.

TORCH

The report is in PDF format.

Now this report is realy a fascinating read.



posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 05:40 PM
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I think if everyone in my town left even bears would be back, too. What astounded me is talking about wildlife coming back when deaths occurred earlier! That's like me dying and flowers grow over my grave. I read years ago that licensing a nuclear power plant is a governmental license to kill--deaths are figured in. You or I would get sentenced for manslaughter for one death.



posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 07:32 PM
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A radioactive wildlife reserve in Chernobyl's no-go zone
With so few people, the zone is the perfect habitat for endangered species. The Chernobyl International Radioecology Laboratory has so far recorded the presence there of more than 400 animal species, including 280 kinds of birds and 50 endangered species.

And despite apocalyptic predictions at the time of the Chernobyl disaster, the animals living inside the forbidden zone are not strange, disproportioned mutants.

"The mutants never resembled the monsters described in the media and all died out quickly," said Sergei Gashak, an ornithologist at the Chernobyl lab.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Wonder how much gene study is really being done in regards to the local animal's chromosomal mutations. Looks like just surface obs without delving to deep into the ecosystem.



posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 07:40 PM
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The wildlife in that area will eventually adapt to the radioactivity.



posted on Jan, 13 2011 @ 10:55 PM
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Oh yes,God caused the Chernobyl Disaster so all the animals of the world can move into the zone,make it a sanctuary,and if lucky,grow an extra arm or two so they can dig their burrows faster!That makes total sense genius!



posted on Jan, 13 2011 @ 10:58 PM
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Nature is extremely resilient and it is good to see life returning to Chernobyl after such a long time. I even heard they are going to open number four to visitors now.www.dailymail.co.uk...



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