Chernobyl s Wild Kingdom Life in The Dead Zone

Chernobyl s Wild Kingdom Life in The Dead Zone

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After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion in Ukraine, scientists believed radiation had created a vast and barren wasteland in which life could never resurface. But the Dead Zone, as the contaminated area is known, doesn't look dead at all. In fact, wildlife seems to be thriving there. The Zone is home to beetles, swallows, catfish, mice, voles, otters, beavers, wild boar, foxes, lynx, deer, moose--even brown bears and wolves. Yet the animals in the Zone are not quite what you'd expect. Every single one of them is radioactive.

In Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom, you'll meet the international scientists investigating the Zone's wildlife and trying to answer difficult questions: Have some animals adapted to living with radiation? Or is the radioactive environment harming them in ways we can't see or that will only show up in future generations? Learn more about the fascinating ongoing research--and the debates that surround the findings--in one of the most dangerous places on Earth.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 191 x 229 x 12.7mm | 362.87g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1467711543
  • 9781467711548
  • 877,977

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"The Chernobyl disaster occurred over 25 years ago, and to today's students, that's ancient history! 28 years later there are still mysteries to solve and changes to explain. Johnson does a thorough job recounting the events, and also in explaining how scientists are investigating the effects of massive radiation on the wildlife remaining in the area. It was a picture of Przewalski's horses, released into the Dead Zone by scientists in hopes of increasing their numbers that first caught Johnson's attention. She further explains how the radiated area has become a sort of nature preserve for mammals, insects, birds, and plants, and how scientists regularly visit, observe, and study the area and how its inhabitants are affected. The reader is provided with plenty of information, pictures, notes, and more to further extend their study of nuclear power."--School Library Connection

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