Amazon rain-forest fires

Robert L. Sanford, Juan Saldarriaga, Kathleen E. Clark, Christopher Uhl, Rafael Herrera

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Abstract

Charcoal is common in the soils of mature rain forests within 75 kilometers of San Carlos de Rio Negro in the north central Amazon Basin. Carbon-14 dates of soil charcoal from this region indicate that numerous fires have occurred since the mid-Holocene epoch. Charcoal is most common in tierra firme forest Oxisols and Ultisols and less common in caatinga and igapo forest soils. Climatic changes or human activities, or both, have caused rain-forest fires.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-55
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume227
Issue number4682
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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charcoal
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Holocene
climate change
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rain forest

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Sanford, R. L., Saldarriaga, J., Clark, K. E., Uhl, C., & Herrera, R. (1985). Amazon rain-forest fires. Science, 227(4682), 53-55. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.227.4682.53
Sanford, Robert L. ; Saldarriaga, Juan ; Clark, Kathleen E. ; Uhl, Christopher ; Herrera, Rafael. / Amazon rain-forest fires. In: Science. 1985 ; Vol. 227, No. 4682. pp. 53-55.
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Amazon rain-forest fires. / Sanford, Robert L.; Saldarriaga, Juan; Clark, Kathleen E.; Uhl, Christopher; Herrera, Rafael.

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Sanford RL, Saldarriaga J, Clark KE, Uhl C, Herrera R. Amazon rain-forest fires. Science. 1985 Jan 1;227(4682):53-55. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.227.4682.53