NEWS ARCHIVE: MAY 2011

May 31, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Filming of TV broadcast "Bad Egg Notes"

The TV broadcast "Bad Egg Notes" filmed a special edition in Brest from 27 to 29 May. Its first part will be dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II (Fortress of Brest) and the second part will talk about the historic city of Brest and remarkable sights of the region.

Due to the broadcast, the audience of all countries which broadcast ORT TV (Russia) will learn about the wonderful corner of the Republic of Belarus Belovezhskaya Pushcha, will see the landscapes of the protected forest and will get a virtual visit to the Belarusian Grandfather Frost's estate and the Museum of Nature.

The fact of the popularity of the broadcast is that its first issues were shown in 1991, and since 1996, the broadcast appears weekly. Author and presenter Dmitry Krylov already visited more than 100 countries.



May 31, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" New settlers in Pushcha's zoo enclosures

New inhabitants appeared in zoo-seeing enclosures in late May.

Now, besides native dwellers of enclosures - bison, deer and wild boars one can see fox cubs and hedgehogs. The fox litter cub was found in one of the National Park's forest areas. Playful and mischievous kids will delight visitors because people can watch them endlessly and with great pleasure.

If such animals as deer and bison can be seen from far away, wherever you are, little hedgehogs can be "found" in wooden huts which are in the first enclosure. Hedgehogs as being insectivorous animals need a special menu - frogs and rodents.

Visiting enclosures, do not forget about personal safety do not climb up in any case to the fence and do not push your fingers through the mesh as trying to pat or feed the animals.
May 24, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" News of the scientific department

Researchers of the State Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus again visited the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

The purpose of their visit is to survey the construction site "Omelenets-Peschatka" of the bypass road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha that to identify migration corridors of mammals, insects and amphibians. Earlier, such work in conjunction with the research staff of the National Park has already been done on other sections of the road. An inventory of flora and fauna along the highway including the migration routes of amphibians and ungulates was also carried out. In parallel with the field studies, activities to minimize the negative effect upon flora and fauna from the road have been developed as obtaining sufficient information about possible threats to biodiversity. The draft special object-oriented design solutions for amphibians (8 sites) and mammals (2 sites) to provide free pass under the motorway have been proposed and added to the project. Measures for conservation of local populations of insects have also been developed. Scheme for monitoring the effectiveness of promising design solutions developed in the framework of designer's inspection has been proposed.



May 24, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" RUSSIAN TRAVEL GUIDE in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The 3rd May Belovezhskaya Pushcha took Russian journalists from St. Petersburg.

TV channel RTG (Russian Travel Guide) is known for broadcasting in the CIS and European countries. It introduces viewers to interesting natural, historical and architectural tourist attractions. From 1st to 7th May the administration of the Brest region organized their stay and a documentary filming about the Brest region and the Brest Fortress. The crew was amazing in the National Park to watch the scenery of the beautiful spring forest. The shooting also took place in the Museum of Nature.
May 19, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Polish foresters to visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha

May 18, 2011, a delegation of Polish foresters numbering about 40 people visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Its visit to Belarus was organized by the Polish Forest Society and the Regional Directorate of National Forests in Poznan. The delegation was headed by master engineer Jerzy Flisikovski.

During the meeting, participants met the staff of forest and scientific departments and asked questions each other. Then, an excursion to the Museum of Nature and the Estate of Belarusian Grandfather Frost was made for guests from Poland.

During the journey to Belarus, Polish foresters have visited Grodno land and also had interesting meetings there. Generally, visits to other regions, including overseas, are a common practice of the Polish Forest Society. According to E. Flisikovski, national parks are particularly attractive for these trips as Polish Society of Foresters is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and provides a big work on publishing. For example, it publishes "Sylwan", one of the oldest forest magazines. One of the main objectives of the Society is to promote research, relationships between science and practice, scientific developments' introduction, and popularization of knowledge about the forest among foresters and the general public. Cooperation with this kind of foreign organizations and regular visits abroad can enrich the experience and share new ideas and knowledge. The Society members had already visited Germany and the Czech Republic, where they also got acquainted with forestry and sights of these countries.

During the meeting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, there was an exchange of literature and addresses for the future contacts, communication and cooperation.

Anna Dengubenko, leading researcher of the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha""
May 19, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Visit of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Belarus

On May 19, 2011, Belovezhskaya Pushcha was visited by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Kang Won Sik.

A meeting with the Director-General Alexander Bury was arranged. The Ambassador got acquainted with the Museum of Nature and made a tour across Belovezhskaya Pushcha where he saw the sights and unique objects of the ancient forest. Mr. Kang Won Sik put a memory entry in the Honorable Guests Book.





May 14, 2011 Website "Portal of the Pruzhany town" Relevant facts of the present of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

With regard to the bypass road around the territory of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", the head of state was reported that its construction will be completed by November 7 this year. The total road length will be 185 km (146 km in the Brest region and 39 km in the Grodno one). About Br 330 billion ($ 110 million) will be spent for this purpose. The most part of the road - 88 km - will pass through the Pruzhany district:
- Villages of Klepachi and Peski - bypassing the exit to the existing highway Cothren Radetsky;
- Bypassing the village of Radetsk;
- The village of Kletnoe with the exit to the existing road Dolgoe-Borky, avoiding the populated area of Suhopol with the exit to the existing road Suhopol-Rovbitsk-Bely Lesok bypassing the village of Rovbitsk;
- Bypassing the populated area of Shereshevo toward settlements Okolnik, Mylnisk and Dolgoe with the exit to the village of Brody and Visnoe with the exit to the highway P-102 Vysokoe-Kamenets-Kobrin.


This is the road of the 4th categories: 9 meters in width. To save money, the existing roads are used to the maximum.

Minister of Transport and Communications Ivan Scherbo reported to the President that the road is divided into 11 sections where both are working. The project specifies construction of 10 bridges, the largest one (127 m) will pass over the Forest River. To equip the special subways for ungulates and amphibians is also planned.


Construction of the ring road around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is the largest investment project in recent years in the Brest region. It is planned construction of 41 properties in the region, including 3 commercial and 11 catering ones , 4 hotels, plus petrol stations, service stations and parking lots ... The scale of the plans had particularly impressed with the timetable for construction - started in mid-2010, it should be completed already November 7, 2011. It is planned that the flow of tourists will increase with the commissioning of the road, and human settlements, along which it passes, will live in a new way. But not all residents of nearby villages are happy when the time comes. This brings a construction noise, dust, debris, corporate culture and local transformation of the local landscape.
May 14, 2011 "Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (The Kamenets News) newspaper The road to meander as a yellow ribbon

According to Presidential Decree number 76 dated 28 February 2011, the bypass road around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" does not begin from the village of Vovkostavets, as previously planned, but from the border crossing "Peschatka". Thus, the entire route will increase by 17.5 kilometers due to the section Peschatka-Omelenets. Completion date for the object is November or December 2011.

40 billion Rubles ($ ~13.3 millions) are allocated for the additional road section, of which about 4.5 billion ($ ~1.5 millions) have already being developed.

These days there are hard at work to be continuing even at night. Employees of the joint Belarusian-Austrian company "BelBudTransGaz-HABAU" - 80 people from all over Belarus deal with this road section. 46 units of the road transport - 25 dump trucks, 1 crane, 5 bulldozers and rollers, 6 shovels, 2 graders, 2 loaders, plus ancillary equipment (mobile workshops) are involved in construction of the bypass. About 7,000 tons of gravel-sand mixture, which is taking from the careers near the villages of Kunahavichi, Omelyanets, Podburie, Sukhodol, are delivered to the road a day. The detour road is made in parts near Podburie and Peschatka, and between Dovbizno and Kunahavichi.

"How will a destroyed crops belonging to the Agricultural Enterprise "Agro-Field" be offset?" I asked chief Vladimir Cherkasov.

"Everything will be compensated for by the customer. The budget means are allocated for this. After the road will be finished, specialists of the Institute "BelDorProekt" will calculate the damage. Then money will be credited the account of the Enterprise.

How are the villagers living near the new road reacted to the closeness of the highway? Answers are impressed with their diversity. "It is good that the road well-known in the whole country will be close. Maybe something more will be built." "I do not like. I tied my cow just near the spot where now cars with sand are driving." "It is now terrible to let children play, the more bicycling." "Very well. Finally, tourists will learn about our village."

Heavy trucks like bees are running here and there making clouds of dust. The road is constructed.

Natalia Gritsuk, Photo by the author
May 14, 2011 "Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (The Kamenets News) newspaper Construction of a bypass road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha continues

Construction of a bypass road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha is continuing. The whole line which will run through our district was divided between road-building organizations from the first. However, the pace of works is different. How are things on sections which are under construction for the second year?


Indeed, this is not an easy job. It is no coincidence that the cost of works is considerable - every kilometer takes about two billion Belarusian Roubles (over $ 650,000). There are the same two layers of asphalt and a mixture of crushed stone and gravel (25 cm) under them. It is to consider the entire width of the road - 10m - and the asphalted parts - 9m, and, if desired, it is easy to calculate the required amount for each kilometer of the same mixture of crushed stone, gravel and sand.


And what is about the construction of the largest road bridge through the River of Lesnaya (125 m) near the village of Goly Borock? Progress is not impressed - the bridge is ready as the basic structure but specialists from Pinsk work slowly being yet far from finishing its final appearance. Employees of the Road Constriction Company No 32 from Drogichin made so-called geo-grid on the sidelines as it needs to protect the road from undermining flood water. Of course, the work is painstaking.

Things are going faster over the village of Goly Borock the asphaltic surface is ready up to the road section Kamenetz-Rechitsa. Further the existing road is just expanded - after all, it's easier than building a new one.

It is unknown when the reconstruction of the checkpoint "Peschatka" will be starting and how long it will be delayed (it's just worked out and passed the appropriate examination of technical documentation). The task will not be easy to equip eight traffic lanes with all the necessary, including ones for buses and trucks (passenger cars are just "passed" there). And what is about to prepare the service sector, infrastructure and eco-tourism in time?

George PARAFENYUK, Photo by Vladimir Verenich
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May 14, 2011 "Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (The Kamenets News) newspaper Nobel Prize winner in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

"Nature has created a unique corner of the flora and fauna and people have preserved and augmented it. They have done a fairy tale for children and adults. The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is an example to be followed by many. And I am proud that this example is created in the Republic of Belarus". That's the record left in the guests' book of the Reserve by Academician Jaures Alferov. The world-famous Russian scientist, born in the city of Vitebsk, visited our natural treasure on the eve of May holidays.

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May 12, 2011 Website "TUT.BY" A Nobel laureate called Belovezhskaya Pushcha a fairy tale

A record made by Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Academician Jaures Alferov appeared in the Honorary Guest Book of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The world-famous Russian scientist, born in Vitebsk, came to Grodno to give a lecture to students of the State University and spent one of the days for visiting zoo enclosures, a Museum of Nature and the Father Frost Estate in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

"Dear friends, I am happy to be in this wonderful nature reserve", it's said in the record he left. "Nature has created a unique place of flora and fauna and people have preserved and multiplied it by creating a fairy tale for children and adults. The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is an example to be followed by many. And I am proud that this example is created in Belarus. Good luck and happiness. Thank you for your wonderful work and thanks to Santa Claus." Let's recall that Nobel Prize Jaures Alferov was awarded in 2000 for developing semiconductor hetero-structures and creation of fast opto- and microelectronic components that are used today in cellular phones, fiber-optic communications, compact disc players and disc drives of computers. It was already reported from the Center of Mass Communication of the Grodno University that Academician Alferov will be honorary professor of the University.

By Elena Tribuleva, "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper
May 12, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A workshop

May 9, 2011, a workshop was held In the Bialowieza National Park, in the framework of cooperation of European cross-border protected areas. The meeting was attended by representatives of three national parks from Germany, Poland and Belarus. As a result, the following aspects of cooperation have been discussed:
- Raising the standards for protected areas' management;
- Sharing knowledge and experience on the basis of joint research projects and programs for student practical trainings;
- Exchange of students and groups of all ages to mutual acquaintance and establishing contacts between the countries;
- Sharing of knowledge and experience in environmental monitoring, education, tourism, and the use of renewable energy facilities located in protected areas or in their neighborhoods.

A quadripartite agreement on cooperation between the National Park Lower Valley of the Oder (Germany), the Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection in Szczecin (Poland), Bialowieza National Park (Poland) and National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha (Belarus) has been signed.



May 12, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Eternal glory!

May 9, 2011 the meeting at the monument to the villagers of the Kamenyuki area who died during the Great Patriotic War was held.

A congratulatory speech and wishes of good health to veterans was given by Deputy Director General for Ideological Work Alexander Sharinda. The ceremony of wreath-laying to the monument and fireworks in honor of fallen heroes were taken place. Residents of the village of Kamenyuki, frontier guard-soldiers and employees of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" attended the meeting. At the end of the meeting, employees of the Culture House of the Kamenyuki village together with the ensemble "Puschanka" presented the holiday concert for the veteransm in which teams of amateur of the Kamenetz district and the city of Brest, the pop dance model group "Fidgets" and female vocal group "Pushcha Musicians" were also attended. The outdoor trade with the comprehensive own products and foodstuffs was organized.





Thank you that we are not aware of the war,
That we do not hear the noise of terrible years,
That you gave us life at price your lives.
May God give you, the veterans, many years!
May 11, 2011 Website "TUT.BY" A tourism ring road to develop around Belovezhskaya Pushcha

"Works on construction of a tourism ring road are already in progress" around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", as the expert of the Tourism Department of the National Park Oleg Shilov told today to reporters.

The road along the perimeter of the tourism ring is now being built. In addition, tenders were announced and there are potential investors for construction of roadside service, first of all cafe. At the same time the expert yet refrained from assessing the activity of investors.

As previously reported, over 40 tourist facilities along the perimeter of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" are planned for construction at the new road.

Andrew Asfura, BelTA
May 11, 2011 Website "Our Land" Safaris to be in national parks of Braslav Lakes and Narochansky

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Safari-tours will appear in all the national parks of Belarus, as reporters learned it today from head of the Department of Socio-Culture and Tourism at the Department of Affairs of President Vladimir Macedon.

Safari tours are already in the national parks Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Pripyatskiy. Safaris will also be in the national parks Braslav Lakes and Narochansky in a short time, as BelTA Information Agency informs. Safari includes a small trip and tourists can get acquainted with the animals living in the conservation area.

Vladimir Macedonia also noted that eco-tourism today grows in popularity, so four national parks of Belarus, the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserves and sanctuaries primarily develop it. According to him, Belarus created numerous sightseeing tours of environmental topics and new opportunities for active recreation such as riding a quad bike and flying in helicopters appear.

In 2010, 35,000 foreign tourists, 87% of them were citizens of the CIS, visited the Belarusian cultural and resort facilities.

BelTA
May 11, 2011 "Brestskiy Kurier" (The Brest Courier) newspaper A famous ecologist to appeal for defense of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Philosophy Doctor of Biology Heorhi Kazulka addressed an open letter to the new director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

In his address to the newly appointed head Alexander Buriy, the ecologist offers a way out of "the tragic state of Belovezhskaya Pushcha", primarily due to expansion of the strictly protected status to its historic territory. Heorhi Kazulka encourages the new director "not to be eco-killer for Pushcha like his predecessor", to stop the felling of relict trees, geometric planting and reclamation works, and to limit commercial tourism activities.

Let's recall that Heorhi Kazulka was deputy director of the National Park for science from 1998 to 2001 but was dismissed for the uncompromising stance on defending the primordial shape of the Forest.

Oleg Suprunyuk
May 06, 2011 BP-21 News Service Belovezhskaya Pushcha to promise making it the strictly protected reserve!

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On March 11, 2011, ecologist and a resident of Belovezhskaya Pushcha Heorhi Kazulka addressed an open letter "Stop the destruction of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and turn it into a true wilderness and wildlife reserve!" to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, in connection with the catastrophic environmental situation in the oldest and most noble forest of Europe.

Recently, the ecologist received a reply from the Department of Affairs of the President of the Republic of Belarus. It contains some positive points.

In particular, it is said that a draft Regulation on the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has been made. It provides a new functional zoning of the area of the National Park. According to it, it is expected that the size of the Wilderness Protection Zone of Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be increased from 30 to 70 thousand hectares in 2011. The confirmation from UNESCO to include Belovezhskaya Pushcha into a Preliminary List of World Heritage Sites for re-nomination with changes in the boundaries and criteria has been received. Thus, after all of these are to be implemented, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha actually becomes strictly protected.

The reply from Department of Affairs says that the rationale and concept of creation of the International Wildlife Research Centre on the basis of the scientific department of the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has been prepared.

Full text of the reply from the Department of Affairs of the President of the Republic of Belarus to the open letter to the President of Belarus can be red here
May 06, 2011 Website "Naviny.by" Subways for hoofed animals to appear in Belarus

In Belarus, there will be underground passages for hoofed animals for the first time.

As BelaPAN learned from head of the Sector of Nature Conservation of the Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Ruslan Novitsky that two underground passages will be opened under a road which bypasses the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha" in the villages of Brody and Guta. Their construction is under way since the autumn of 2010 and is to be completed in the summer of 2011.

According to Ruslan Novitsky, the subways are built in places where mass migrations or habitats of wild boars, roe deer, red deer and elk in the Polesie region and Nalibokskaya Forest were observed. Passing the road, the animals often provoke accidents. Construction of underground corridors will minimize the risk of such accidents as much as possible.

They will be equipped in a specially way to allow animals for use the subways. Forage plants will be planted near entrances and thorny shrubs will be along the edges of the roadway to scare away the animals. In addition, the underground passages will be served with soundproofing due to a special coverage, so the animals are not frightened the traffic noise and the sound of their own.

Nowicki noted that the special design for crossing the road by animals is widely used in Europe.
May 05, 2011 BP-21 News Service Open letter to Director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Alexander Buriy "Become Keeper of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, not the next killer of it!

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Ecologist and a resident of Belovezhskaya Pushcha Heorhi Kazulka appealed today to Director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Alexander Buriy with an open letter in which he describes the tragic situation in the National Park and Belovezhskaya Pushcha and offers solutions to problems.

As the main point for the decision, it is said about the need to expand the Wilderness Protection Zone to the whole historical part the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, to finally make the Belovezhskaya Pushcha truly protected.

The ecologist asks in the letter - will the next director continue to play the role of its predecessor, the role of eco-killer the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, or will interrupt this tradition and will become a true Keeper of it? The next question is about those with whom the new director will provide solutions of modern complex problems of Pushcha - with those who as a united team participated or was involved in the destruction of the primeval forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha for the past ten years, who helped or ideologically covered doing it? Or will he be with others who are professional, competent, intelligent, honest and careful about it, who is able to take personal responsibility and competently to pursue the case, but who was banished from the National Park for these qualities?

In the end of the letter the ecologist Heorhi Kazulka articulates another important and new task - Belovezhskaya Pushcha as a center of spiritual rebirth of the people.

Full text of open letter to the director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" can be red here, in Russian
May 05, 2011 Website "Naviny.by" Road crossings for animals to appear in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Belarus' first road crossings for animals will appear in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

According to the Agency "Minsk-news", head of the Sector of Nature Conservation of the Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Ruslan Novitsky said that two subways for wild animals will be built on a road going around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

"Concrete structures will be made under the road carpet. By the fall the subways have to be ready. That animals are not afraid of the noise of vehicles and the sound of own hooves, the passes will be served with soundproofing through special coatings," Ruslan Novitsky explained. "To attract roe deer, elk and wild boar, forage vegetation will be planted at entrances to underground corridors.

Wild animals provoke road accidents every year. This was the reason for innovation.
May 04, 2011 Website "Publicday.ru" A popular route in Bialowieza Forest to renovate (Poland)

A new tourist route has been opened in the local place of Old Bialowieza. It passes on the Royal Oaks Road and is designed for people with disabilities.

This track is one of the oldest cognitive routes in Poland and one of the most popular among tourists in Bialowieza Forest. The route was closed in 2005 after a fallen old tree which bears the name of King Augustus III. After this incident, the trail was begun to be developing in the way safe for tourists, as Podroze.onet.pl writes.

Now the trail passes near the old oak grove, not across the trees' area. During repair, the route has been equipped with information boards for the visually impaired and blind visitors. Later it is supposed to organize Eco-museum outdoors in the Old Bialowieza.

On materials: Travel.ru
May 01, 2011 Website "Second National TV-Channel (ONT)" Overall pain

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant (ChNPP) is located on the territory of Ukraine, 18 km from the town of Chernobyl, about 150 km from Kyiv and 16 km from the border of our country. In the 80-s of XX century, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was the most powerful in the Soviet Union. On April 26, 1986, there was an explosion at the fourth power unit of the station which completely destroyed the reactor. The building of the unit was partially collapsed. Fire caught different rooms and the roof. As a result of the accident, a whole range of radionuclides that have accumulated in the reactor at the time of the explosion was thrown into the atmosphere.

The consequences of this accident affected many countries in Europe. But Ukraine, Russia and especially Belarus were among the most suffered countries. The Belarusian territory got more than 80% of the total amount of radionuclides. For a quarter century, three country, being already independent, somewhere together and somewhere alone, learned not only to survive in these conditions but also to accumulate the vast practical experience. They now look to the future with hope.

The Polesskii Radiation Ecological Reserve, established in the territory of Belarus, today is engaged in the study of radioactive substances released from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant 25 years ago. To determine the radioactivity of the sample, it's better to burn it at first. The procedure for radiochemical research includes drying, charring and ashing at 600 degrees. Sawdust, soil and water are checked for the content of alpha and beta particles.

Belarus suffered the most from the explosion. Its territory got about 70% of the radioactive substances. In addition to plutonium, they are also isotopes of uranium, iodine, cesium-134 (half-life is 2 years), cesium-137 (half-life is 30 years) and strontium-90 (half-life is 28 years). Scientists put persuasive arguments that this corner of the Polesie area is very close to Belovezhskaya Pushcha of its biodiversity and the number of rare species, while it has surpassed in some points.
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