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After The Disaster: Studying What Remains At Chernobyl
Abandoned school near Chernobyl site. Source: calflier001/CC 2.0

The Chernobyl accident in the former Soviet Union in 1986 is considered the most horrific peacetime nuclear disaster in history. More than 100,000 people had to permanently relocate because of dangerous radiation levels, and a 1,000-square-mile Exclusion Zone was established. Now, more than 30 years later, what is happening in that zone? An archaeologist who did extensive fieldwork in the area describes what was left behind—and says it’s not the wasteland you might expect.

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