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Main Title Wormwood forest : a natural history of Chernobyl /
Author Mycio, Mary.
Publisher Joseph Henry Press,
Year Published 2005
OCLC Number 60420176
ISBN 0309094305; 9780309094306
Subjects Radioisotopes--Environmental aspects--Ukraine--Chornobyl§ Region. ; Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl§, Ukraine, 1986--Environmental aspects. ; Radioisotopes--Health aspects--Ukraine--Chornobyl§ Region. ; Kernrampen. ; Natuur. ; Milieueffecten. ; Reaktorunfall. ; Umwelt. ; Strahlenbelastung. ; Tschernobyl.
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBM  QH543.5.M93 2005 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 09/20/2005
ERAM  QH543.5.M93 2005 2 copies Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 04/13/2011
Collation xii, 259 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Includes index. Includes bibliographical references (p. 244) and index.
Contents Notes
Wormwood -- Four seasons -- Birding in Belarus -- Nuclear sanctuary -- Back to the wild -- Wormwood waters -- Homo chernobylus -- The nature of the beast. "Today, 20 years after the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, intrepid journalist Mary Mycio dons dosimeter and camouflage protective gear to explore the world's most infamous radioactive wilderness. As she tours the Zone to report on the disaster's long-term effects on its human, faunal, and floral inhabitants, she meets pockets of defiant local residents who have remained behind to survive and make a life in the Zone. And she is shocked to discover that the area surrounding Chernobyl has become Europe's largest wildlife sanctuary, a flourishing - at times unearthly - wilderness teeming with large animals and a variety of birds, many of them members of rare and endangered species. Like the forests, fields, and swamps of their unexpectedly inviting habitat, both the people and the animals are all radioactive. Cesium-137 is packed in their muscles and strontium-90 in their bones. But quite astonishingly, they are also thriving." "If fears of Apocalypse and a lifeless, barren radioactive future have been constant companions of the nuclear age, Chernobyl now shows us a different view of the future. A vivid blend of reportage, popular science, and illuminating encounters that explode the myths of Chernobyl with facts that are at once beautiful and horrible, Wormwood Forest brings a remarkable land - and its people and animals - to life to tell a unique story of science, surprise, and suspense."--Jacket.