|Chernobyl Radiation Map|
Chernobyl Radiation map allows you to plan you rafting trip safe, avoiding the territories polluted after Chernobyl disaster. Such polluted with radiation territories could be found in northern part of Ukraine, as well as in some parts of Belorussia and Russia. Some Ukrainian rivers such as Sluch, Ubort, Irsha, Uzh and Tetrev are not recommended for rafting because of radioactive pollutions.
As it can be seen on the Chernobyl Radiation Map, currently (and during the next decade) the most dangerous are the isotopes of strontium and cesium. The highest concentration of cesium-137 found in the surface layer of soil, from where it is absorbed in the plants and fungi.
Radioactive pollution of soil will be increasing until 2060. In particular, in 2086 the alpha activity of soil polluted with plutonium will be 2,4 times higher than in the initial post-accident period.
Radioactive pollution levels in agricultural areas have decreased significantly, but in some regions the quantity of cesium found in milk may still exceed the normal level. This concerns, for example, Gomel and Mogilev regions of Belarus and the Bryansk region in Russia, Zhytomyr and Rivne region in Ukraine – as it may be seen on the Chernobyl radiation map.
Significantly polluted have been forests. Due to the fact that in the forest ecosystem cesium constantly recycled, and not derive from it, the levels of contamination of forest products such as mushrooms, berries and game, are still dangerous.
The level of pollution of rivers and most lakes now is low. However, in some "closed" lakes, of which there is no runoff, the concentration of cesium in water and fish still can be dangerous.
Radioactive pollution was not limited to the 30-kilometer zone. It was noted an increased content of cesium-137 in lichen and reindeer meat in the arctic areas of Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden.