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Carbon cycle

The wildfire factor

Events such as wildfires, occurring on a tiny area of the globe, can have a huge impact on the global carbon cycle. This much is plain from investigation of the terrible fires that afflicted Indonesia five years ago.

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Figure 1: The CO2 pulse of 1997–98 from Southeast Asia.


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Schimel, D., Baker, D. The wildfire factor. Nature 420, 29–30 (2002).

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