304 pages, no illustrations
The utterly extraordinary story of how the zone around Chernobyl has become Europe's largest wildlife sanctuary.
From the publisher's announcement:
Not only have pockets of defiant local residents remained behind to survive and make a life in the Zone, but the area surrounding Chernobyl has become Europe's largest wildlife sanctuary, a flourishing - at times unearthly - wilderness teeming with large animals, 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 radioactive. Cesium-137 is packed in their muscles and strontium-90 in their bones. But quite astonishingly, they are also thriving.
Donning dosimeter and radioactive protective gear, intrepid journalist Mary Mycio explored the world's only radioactive wilderness.
The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the water became wormwood, and many men died from the water for it was made bitter. Revelation 8-10"
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