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Studying Forest Fires Through Ancient Tree Ring Data

May 17, 2012

Today’s mega forest fires of the southwestern U.S. are truly unusual and exceptional in the long-term record, suggests an unprecedented study that examined 1,500 years of ancient tree ring and fire data from two distinct climate periods. Study co-author and fire anthropologist Christopher I. Roos, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, describes the research and its implications.  credit:  SMU



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