It's interesting that just three decades after Pripyat was abandoned because of the Chernobyl disaster, the forest has already reclaimed the city.

Don't let anyone convince you that reforestation is difficult. It'll happen all by itself, if people allow it to.

@InvaderXan sometimes, but this is going to depend on local climate. It seems harder in China?

I’m reminded of the “it was raining on planet Mongo” problem in science fiction where we pretend that an entire planet is the same. Ice planet, desert planet, forest planet.

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@skybrian @InvaderXan Came to this thread to say this. Climate in Belarus is very vegetation friendly: abundant water, hot summers, mild winters, extreme weather events are still pretty rare.

Lots of places on Earth are not going to be able to recover on their own like that just because there's not much fresh water to begin with and deforestation makes the land unable to retain what little precipitation it gets.

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