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Fire scars on Amazonian trees : exploring the cryptic fire history of the Ilha de Maracá.

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Journal publication date07/2010
JournalBiotropica
Journal number4
Volume42
Number of pages5
Pages405-409
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The presence of charcoal in the soils and fire scars on 8.2 percent of tree stems strongly suggest that one of the best studied Amazonian research localities (the Ilha de Maracá in Roraima, Brazil) has burned. The patterns and images of fire scars that we present here could help researchers explore the burn history of other tropical forests, which has important implications for interpreting their present-day ecology.