The Forests Around Chernobyl Pose a New Danger

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[tippy title ="Something strange is happening" header=“off”] 何か変わった事が起こっている[/tippy] [tippy title ="in the forests around Chernobyl" header=“off”] チェルノブイリの辺りの森で[/tippy]. [tippy title ="More precisely" header=“off”] もっと正確に言えば[/tippy], it is [tippy title ="what is not happening that is the problem" header=“off”] それが起こっていない事が問題である[/tippy]. [tippy title ="When leaves fall" header=“off”] 葉が落ちると[/tippy] and trees die …

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The Forests of Chernobyl Pose a New Danger チェルノブイリの近くの森の新しい危険
pose a danger 危険をもたらす
Something strange is happening. 何か変わった事が起こっている
in the forests around Chernobyl チェルノブイリの辺りの森で
More precisely もっと正確に言えば
what is not happening that is the problem それが起こっていない事が問題である
When leaves fall 葉が落ちると

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Something strange is happening in the forests around Chernobyl. More precisely, it is what is not happening that is the problem. When leaves fall and trees die there, they are not decomposing properly.

Scientists visiting the dead forests noticed that the trees were almost unchanged nearly 30 years after the disaster. They also found an unusually thick carpet of fallen leaves. The scientists knew something strange was happening and they decided to investigate. They uncovered that the rate of decay for the dead trees and leaves was much slower in the contaminated areas.

It appears that microbes, fungi and insects, are suffering from contamination. Usually, when a tree dies in the forest these organisms break it down and turn it into soil. They are essential to the forest ecosystem. But near Chernobyl the ecosystem has broken down.

The problem could have wider implications. The scientists fear that the thick dead brush could be a huge fire risk. A forest fire in the area would be hard to control. What is worse is that it could spread radioactive material well beyond the exclusion zone.

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