Environment: Peaceful Coexistence in Korea

Once desolate DMZ now teems with bird and beast

If nature abhors a vacuum, as is said, it does not always do so in a predictable way. Consider Korea's Demilitarized Zone, which stretches for 151 miles near the 38th parallel, between North and South Korea. For a quarter-century, two armed adversaries have sullenly, sometimes violently, confronted each other across its 2.5-mile width. The sights of innumerable guns sweep it constantly. Observation planes patrol along it daily. But human beings never stay there for long. And because it is so totally a no man's land, the DMZ is not abhorred by nature.

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