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Ukraine: Kiev and Chernobyl (44 images)

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In October 2012 I participated in an air and ground survey of the irradiated forests of Chernobyl. These forests consist primarily of conifer plantations of varying age - plantations that were badly mismanaged during the Soviet era. Poor forestry practices, combined with the presence of high levels of radioactive contamination, have created a dangerous situation; large fires within these forests could release radioactive material into the atmosphere. In an effort to ameliorate fire risk,...
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