Fire in the Forest

by Peter A. Thomas, Robert S. McAlpine, Kelvin Hirsch, Peter Hobson

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  • 9780521822299
  • 9781139785877
  • 9781139793414
How destructive or beneficial are forest fires to wildlife? Should we be trying to reduce or increase the amount of fire in forests? How are forest fires controlled, and why does this sometimes fail? What effect will climate change have? These and many other questions are answered in this richly illustrated book, written in non-technical language. The journey starts in the long geological history of fire leading up to our present love-hate relationship with it. Exploring the physics of how a single flame burns, the journey continues through how whole forests burn and the anatomy of firestorms. The positive and negative ecological effects of fires are explored, from plants and wildlife to whole landscapes. The journey ends with how fires are controlled, and a look to the future. This book will be of interest to ecologists, biogeographers and anyone with an interest in forest fires and the role they play.
  • Cambridge University Press; September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781139785877
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  • Title: Fire in the Forest
  • Author: Peter A. Thomas; Robert S. McAlpine; Kelvin Hirsch (contrib.); Peter Hobson (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521822299
  • 9781139785877
  • 9781139793414

In The Press

' … large and sumptuously produced … the authors and the publisher deserve congratulation for the high standard of the illustrations, which make a complex subject far easier to understand … The book is published at a very reasonable price. I learnt a lot from it, and suspect that many who have important responsibilities for forests would do so too.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society