The Chornobyl Exclusion Zone is the territory, which was exposed to the most intensive radiation contamination as a result of the Chornobyl accident in 1986 and where a human being is forbidden to live permanently.
Nevertheless, life continues in the Exclusion Zone even after the accident. At present, 10 000 people are working within the zone, these include permanent staff of the Chornobyl NPP, as well as personnel of more than 15 state enterprises that perform economical, research and other activities within the territory of the zone. All the works within the Exclusion Zone are subject to a strict radiation monitoring and human safety is ensured.
From the site
www.ic-chernobyl.kiev.ua you can get information about radiation condition of the environment within the Exclusion Zone. There you can also find cartograms of radiation contamination distribution.
The Chornobyl Exclusion Zone provides unique possibilities of comprehensive study of the reaction of animals and plants to ceasing economical activity and radiation contamination of the territory.
Ecologists consider the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone to be a successful conservation area and a wonderful training area for research. Nowadays, there are more rare animals near Chornobylif compared to the pre-accident period.
According to recent calculations, over 100 animal species from The Red Book can be met around Chornobyl, and at least 40 of them were not seen there before. Flora there is also unique – people left the territory and green cover grows there only according to the laws of ecosystems' natural development.