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Reply ‘‘Extraterrestrial impacts and wildfires’’

Jones, Timothy Peter 2002. Reply ‘‘Extraterrestrial impacts and wildfires’’. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 185 (3-4) , pp. 407-408. 10.1016/S0031-0182(02)00342-5

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Abstract

Wildfires tend to occur when the environmental conditions are right: typically, abundant fuel source, dry weather, and high winds. It seems improbable that even with a potentially intense ignition source such as an extraterrestrial impact, fires would be widespread or long-lasting unless these conditions were met. Non-expert eyewitnesses do not provide reliable evidence. Blasts from such events could provide dead fuel-rich sites for later lightning-ignited wildfires, when climatic conditions were more conducive to fires.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: fire season; thermal pulse; ignition; explosion
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0031-0182
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/21838

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