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Surprising Resilience Shown By Alaska Tundra After Unprecedented Fire
2013-08-30 09:20:21

Institute of Arctic Biology Despite the size and severity of the massive 2007 Anaktuvuk River fire on Alaska’s North Slope, much of the arctic vegetation has recovered and the tundra is likely to return to its pre-fire condition according to University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist Syndonia “Donie” Bret-Harte and colleagues in a recent scientific paper. In April 2007, a wall of smoke was visible 23 miles south of the fire at the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology Toolik Field Station...

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2011-07-27 15:23:38

Scientists say a tundra fire in the circumpolar arctic released about as much carbon into the atmosphere as the tundra has stored in the previous 50 years. The study, published in the July 28 issue of Nature, of the Anaktuvuk River fire on Alaska's North Slope revealed just how quick a single tundra fire can offset or reverse a half-century worth of soil-stored carbon. "Fire has been largely absent from tundra for the past 11,000 or so years, but the frequency of tundra fires is increasing,...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.