Conservation consequences of Chernobyl and other nuclear accidents

@article{Mller2011ConservationCO,
  title={Conservation consequences of Chernobyl and other nuclear accidents},
  author={Anders Pape M{\o}ller and Timothy A Mousseau},
  journal={Biological Conservation},
  year={2011},
  volume={144},
  pages={2787-2798}
}

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