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Fire and fire ecology: Concepts and principles


Cochrane, Mark A.; Ryan, Kevin C. 2009. Fire and fire ecology: Concepts and principles. In: Cochrane, Mark A., ed. Tropical fire ecology: Climate change, land use, and ecosystem dynamics. Springer-Praxis Books in Environmental Sciences. Chichester, UK: Praxis Publishing, Ltd. p. 25-62.

Fire has been central to terrestrial life ever since early anaerobic microorganisms poisoned the atmosphere with oxygen and multicellular plant life moved onto land. The combination of fuels, oxygen, and heat gave birth to fire on Earth. Fire is not just another evolutionary challenge that life needed to overcome, it is, in fact, a core ecological process across much of the planet.

Keywords: fire ecology, combustion


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