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2012-05-18 07:43:37

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com A study led by anthropologist Christopher I. Roos from Southern Methodist University in Dallas shows that modern “mega forest fires” in the southwestern U.S. are the result of dense canopies that likely grew as a result of human interference. “The U.S. would not be experiencing massive large-canopy-killing crown fires today if human activities had not begun to suppress the low-severity surface fires that were so...

First Forecast Calls For Mild 2012 Amazon Fire Season
2012-05-11 03:00:40

Forests in the Amazon Basin are expected to be less vulnerable to wildfires this year, according to the first forecast from a new fire severity model developed by university and NASA researchers. Fire season across most of the Amazon rain forest typically begins in May, peaks in September and ends in January. The new model, which forecasts the fire season´s severity from three to nine months in advance, calls for an average or below-average fire season this year within 10 regions...

2012-04-05 23:00:49

FireWhat attended the Oreilly 2012 Where Conference, and announced their new suite of products designed to keep people informed with up to the minute information about wildfires. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 05, 2012 FireWhat Inc., a small startup in Dunsmuir, CA, operates a website, firewhat.com, that maps and tracks wildfires. From coast to coast, those living near a current burning wildfire can monitor the situation. Weather affecting the fire can be monitored, as can local terrain...

2012-03-28 00:03:07

A team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station and the University of Córdoba in Spain recently developed a new methodology that measures the economic impact of forest fires on timber resources. When evaluating and planning fire management program activities, it is important to know the value of the forest ecosystems protected. However, determining the true volume or economic value of the resources lost during a fire can be difficult. For...

2012-03-16 09:35:10

The city of Manila holds the human world record for the most densely populated space and now an international team of ecologists are seeking the natural equivalent, the most species rich area on earth. The team's findings, published in the Journal of Vegetation Science, reveal the record is contested between South America's tropical rainforests and Central European meadows. "The coexistence of large numbers of species in one space and the questions it raises have long fascinated...

Image 1 - Past Disturbances Obscure Warming Impacts On Forests
2012-03-05 10:46:29

Past disturbances, such as logging, can obscure the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems. So reports a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper, exploring nitrogen dynamics, found that untangling climate impacts from other factors can be difficult, even when scientists have access to decades of data on a forest's environmental conditions. Co-author Dr. Gene E. Likens of the Cary Institute comments, "Understanding how climate change is...

2012-03-01 13:30:35

Pacific Southwest Research Station/USDA Forest Service Science that makes a difference... Even though wildfires have increased in size over time, they haven´t necessarily grown in severity nor had corresponding negative impacts to the ecosystem, according to a recently published study appearing in the journal Ecological Applications. A team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service and the University of California, Davis, assessed the size, severity and frequency of wildfires on...

2012-02-22 15:00:00

The FireWhat App collaborates with NASA and Weather Underground to bring critical, accurate, current information about wildfires to those who need it most. Dunsmuir, CA (PRWEB) February 22, 2012 Every year, much of the arid western United States goes up in smoke. Houses, property, and lives are lost in this deadly force of nature. Some 83 million people live in the ten states that receive the most wildfire activity, and millions of dollars are spent fighting fire annually, especially as...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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