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Are fires good or bad?

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Are fires good or bad?

fires are growing more destructive as the climate changes

fires moderate the amount of atmospheric oxygen

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fires increase biodiversity by clearing debris

fires redistribute nutrients over land masses

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what is the composition, structure, and evolutionary history of fire?

fires occur naturally when fuel and oxidizer contact an ignition source

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flames vaporize fuel and mix oxygen in as hot glowing plasma rises

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fire did not exist until photosynthesis produced flammable materials and released oxygen into the atmosphere

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fire first appeared on Earth 420 million years ago

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plants co-evolved with fire

lightning started igniting fires when plants evolved

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volcanoes and asteroids can start fires

some plants produce flammable oils on leaves to help seeds germinate

fire can help sunlight reach seedlings

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how do fires affect animals?

some mammals, reptiles, and birds can burrow or flee from fires

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some birds may intentionally propagate fire to flush out prey

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some animals benefit from the affect of fire on habitats

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humans domesticated fire but often mishandle flammables and mismanage fire ecology

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