The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. The NY Times follows biologist Timothy Mousseau as he studies the effects of Chernobyl’s radiation on the area’s ecosystem.
The lasting effects of chronic exposure to radiation on the inhabitants of the Chernobyl ecosystem are quite noticeable. Tumors, mutations and genetic deformities in flora and fauna are pervasive. For example, webs spun by siders may be misshapen or birds may have mutated beaks. Nevertheless, various species may actually be adapting to higher radiation levels. However, the sad fact is that half of all biological diversity around Chernobyl has vanished.