0005 Nature of the DMZ

Apr 17, 2012, 04:22 PM, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

When most people hear “Korean Demilitarized Zone” they don’t flash on a fish called the kumgang fat minnow, and yet this fish and other flora and fauna are thriving here in the DMZ. Why? Because this narrow strip of land is the final Cold War frontier where few humans have gone for over 50 years. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that 80 species of fish swim in DMZ rivers, hundreds of different birds fly through DMZ airspace, and big cats prowl the zone’s jungles. There are some who would have the DMZ contribute to a unified Korea’s GNP. Others want a wildlife preserve where endangered species can live in peace. Is maintaining hostility between the two Koreas too high a price to pay for this? Ask the kumgang fat minnows. #ceas #hacker #korea #tsutsui Original Broadcast Dates: November 2-5, 2005.