Vast marsh region, southern Belarus and northwestern Ukraine. The marshes lie in the thickly forested basin of the Pripet River and are among the largest wetlands of the European continent. They cover an area of about 104,000 sq mi (270,000 sq km). Densely wooded and largely uninhabited, the region has supported a diversified lumber industry. A vast amount of land reclamation took place during the 20th century, including the regulation of water drainage, which permitted the development of agricultural areas.
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