"It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars."
-David Attenborough
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Howl to the World

On April 26, 1986, in a place called Chernobyl, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. Chernobyl is a place in what is now Ukraine. Some people said that it was the worst nuclear disaster in the world. Not only did the people get wiped out, but so did the animals. Foxes, lynxes, raccoons, pigs, and not to mention, wolves. But a couple of years ago, animals started popping up in Chernobyl, especially wolf packs. Chernobyl has been closed to people because of the radiation levels, but there are still small villages there. But animals haven't just disappeared in Chernobyl. The same thing happened in Yellowstone National park. In the 1980's, people disliked wolves, so they killed them off. Soon, these wolves became critically endangered. Also, as the wolves died, the beavers, trees, and even crows, died. But rescue groups have helped these wolves return, and somehow all the animals returned. But why? Well, when the wolves died, There were too many Elk. The Elk ate too much of the trees which meant the trees would die. With less trees, the beavers didn't have enough building supplies for their dam. One animal, can make a big difference. This shows that life finds a way. Humans do it quickly, meaning that it doesn't last long, but Earth does it slowly, making it last longer.

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