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Fire evolution split by continent

Boreal forest fires tend to be more intense and lethal in North America than Eurasia. Differences in tree species composition explain these differences in fire regime, and lead to contrasting feedbacks to climate.

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Figure 1: Crown fire in a North American boreal forest.

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Flannigan, M. Fire evolution split by continent. Nature Geosci 8, 167–168 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2360

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