Amazon forests caught in fiery feedback
A thin ribbon of flame creeping through an Amazon forest can trigger a vicious cycle, in which successive fires cause much greater damage.
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Mark A. Cochrane
Woods Hole Research Center
P.O. Box 296
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Mark D. Shulze
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
From Science News, Vol. 154, No. 14, October 3, 1998,
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