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Ornithologist Igor Chizhevskiy holds a nestful of newly hatched chicks on a wooded hilltop above the Chernobyl cooling pond. Igor works for Ecocenter, a government research lab, in the exclusion zone. His research compares birth and survival rates of birds born in highly radioactive sites with those in less contaminated areas within the zone. The diminished populations in hotter areas could be caused by radiation directly or may be a secondary effect, due to a decrease in food sources such as insects.<br />
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This photograph is part the book of Would You Stay?, by Michael Forster Rothbart, published by TED Books in 2013. The photos come from Forster Rothbart’s two long-term documentary photography projects, After Chernobyl and After Fukushima.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2013.<br />
www.afterchernobyl.com<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  7/2009    File#:  Canon 5D digital camera frame 73523<br />
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Ornithologist Igor Chizhevskiy holds a nestful of newly hatched chicks on a wooded hilltop above the Chernobyl cooling pond. Igor works for Ecocenter, a government research lab, in the exclusion zone. His research compares birth and survival rates of birds born in highly radioactive sites with those in less contaminated areas within the zone. The diminished populations in hotter areas could be caused by radiation directly or may be a secondary effect, due to a decrease in food sources such as...
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