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How did WW2 affect the surrounding wildlife areas of Europe?

How did WW2 affect the surrounding wildlife areas of Europe?

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M. Parker

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M. Parker, Internet Researcher, Houston

Answered Nov 05, 2018

World War II had a great impact on the surrounding wildlife in Europe. Atomic bombing, fuel leakages and chemical weapons were the most damaging. They cause damage to the terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, the environment was greatly polluted and millions of humans and animals were killed.

Fuel leakages polluted the soil and water which damages whole ecosystems and made it difficult for humans and animals wildlife to survive at the time.

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I. Woods

I. Woods

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Answered Jun 20, 2018

WWII was wide ranging in it's human, animals, and material destruction. Aircraft were used for transporting resources from different military bases and dropping bombs. These activities damaged habitats. Ecosystems also suffered from the noise and pollution from military planes.

During WWII, cultivated species were brought to oceanic island ecosystems by way of aircraft landing strips used for refueling and staging station during operations in the Pacific theater. Animals which were caught in the nuclear blast have been affected in many ways. Terrestrial species are likely to experience more damages compared to aquatic species due to the overpressure injury.

Marine organisms are sensitive to the effects of a blast. The results from the atomic bomb caused a significant decline in the fish population. Aquatic ecosystems were damaged not only from chemical containment but also from the wreckage of naval ships, which leaked oil into the water.

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