The scientist must have military grade training and active wear before they can enter the contaminated zone.
- hair loss,
- vomiting blood are the symptoms of staying in radiation for too long.
The whole area was protected for a long time because of the special thing designed there to spy on the west. It is teeming with wildlife but other species can venture into an area that man may have blocked off from people but they have not blocked off the wildlife from coming and going there. Animals that were on the brink of extinction before the blast were able to build up their numbers once more. They thought it was a conservation success story but now the numbers are dropping rapidly, even the insects.
April 1986 Reactor number 4 goes into meltdown equal to 400 Hiroshima bombs people die and animals are wiped out. Radiation still after 30 years is high. The two scientists are there to see what plants, people, and animals look like after living there for 30 years.
- Any exposure to radioactivity increases our cancer risk
Is it disease or radiation that is killing the wild horse numbers? The scientists have taken up horse dung to measure radiation levels. Even though the horses live in the cool-low level radiation zones the contamination numbers in the horses is staggering, and off the charts. Over time the low level of radiation is building up to toxic amounts.
The wolves are in healthy numbers but the people think they are getting more aggressive due to the radiation. Wolves will not attack a person, especially a group of people. But one wolf came in and attacked six of the people there to study the radiation fall out and needed hospital first aid.
The boars that roam are radioactive and they wander outside the zone and the locals shoot them and eat them and carry on the toxic cycle of spreading radiation. Some former residents have come back into the zone illegally and are living there. They came back just two years after the meltdown. Why did they return? They were treated as outcasts outside the zone and prefer to live inside the contamination zone to living where they are shunned by all of the people. Radiation there is low level and they have to grow their own food because there is nothing open inside the zone. 150 people have come back to the zone to live in radiation.
- Chernobyl 30 years after a nuclear meltdown no loyalties nothing but regrets
The Red Forest is where the highest and the hottest level of contamination is. It is where the fallout landed that was in the huge cloud from the explosion. The wind ended blowing the large toxic cloud into that area after the explosion at Chernobyl. The dose counters begin sounding before they can enter into the forest. The dead trees are not decomposing but there are leaves on the forest floor. The forest fire was not a regular forest fire but a radioactive forest fire. The leaves are contaminated and fell to the ground spreading the contamination. The insects are hard to be found. The spiders may look normal but they are not. You can tell by looking at their webs compared to the spider webs that were seen outside the zone. The scientists think the webs look like thy have been given drugs.
The crew is not allowed to film the reactor or the crumbling containment. Some fish are able to repair their own DNA and have evolved over the years. The idea that fish can evolve to survive such dire circumstances is amazing. The birds show severe radiation damage, cancers, smaller brains and skin damage, a rare few of them do not. One species of bird is surviving well because they were able to develop their own antioxidants to fight the radiation.`
Voles, moles, and mice showed shrunken bodies and brains but the scientist set up antioxidant pellet feeders all over for them to eat on and the special diet critters are fairing better. They are not staggering like the other ones were. The scientistare hopeful to see that something as simple as adding an ingredient to the diet could change the way your body reacts to the radiation. They hope this will work also for people to save them from fallout radiation and help them to survive in larger numbers.
What have we learned about Life After Chernobyl? That life is more responsibility and the decisions of men made in the heat of the moment can change the course of life and the health of the people for seven generations or more to come. Radioactive land is uninhabitable and the birth defects are the most horrible aspect of the whole nuclear meltdown crime. The children who are grossly disfigured and the parents who gave birth to them did not get the same chances in life the rest of the world had. All they wanted was to have a family and to live happily and what they got instead was a nightmare. Their lives were destroyed.
The scientists are happy that Mother Nature took care of itself and even though at the cellular level radiation is experienced the numbers thrived and continued. The scientist will continue to feed the species antioxidants suitable to each surviving species to help diminish the signs of radiation poisoning.