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5.0 out of 5 stars Life goes on!, 13 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl (Hardcover)
A eminently readable layman's introduction to the "Zone of Exclusion". Explains the phenomena of the transport of radioactive materials through the various strata of the biosphere in some detail (a process which is highly complex and unclear; students in biology take note - there is enough to do for a series of PhDs) and does not fall into the trap of equating human tragedy with environmental destruction. Life goes on, evolution and adaption don't stop, even if lifespans are shortened and DNA gets cracked by burst of energy. A fold-out map would have been useful. But then again, one can use Google Maps, which has everything in glorious detail (with tourist's photograph of wild horses, too!)

Infinitely better than "Chernobyl: The Hidden Legacy" which is basically a dreary wallowing in pity and modern-age conspirational fingerpointing.
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