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Fire on Earth : An Introduction

By (author) Andrew C. Scott , By (author) D. M. J. S. Bowman , By (author) William J. Bond , By (author) Stephen J. Pyne , By (author) Martin E. Alexander

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Earth is the only planet known to have fire. The reason isboth simple and profound: fire exists because Earth is the onlyplanet to possess life as we know it. Fire is an expression of lifeon Earth and an index of life s history. Few processes are asintegral, unique, or ancient. Fire on Earth puts fire in its rightful place as anintegral part of the study of geology, biology, human history,physics, and global chemistry. Fire is ubiquitous in various formsthroughout Earth, and belongs as part of formal inquiries about ourworld. In recent years fire literature has multipliedexponentially; dedicated journals exist and half a dozeninternational conferences are held annually. A host of formalsciences, or programs announcing interdisciplinary intentions, arewilling to consider fire. Wildfire also appears routinely in mediareporting. This full-colour text, containing over 250 illustrations of firein all contexts, is designed to provide a synthesis of contemporarythinking; bringing together the most powerful concepts anddisciplinary voices to examine, in an international setting, whyplanetary fire exists, how it works, and why it looks the way itdoes today. Students, lecturers, researchers and professionalsinterested in the physical, ecological and historicalcharacteristics of fire will find this book, and accompanyingweb-based material, essential reading for undergraduate andpostgraduate courses in all related disciplines, for generalinterest and for providing an interdisciplinary foundation forfurther study. * A comprehensive approach to the history, behaviour andecological effects of fire on earth * Timely introduction to this important subject, with relevancefor global climate change, biodiversity loss and the evolution ofhuman culture. * Provides a foundation for the interdisciplinary field of FireResearch * Authored by an international team of leading experts in thefield * Associated website provides additional resources

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  • Hardback | 434 pages
  • 190.5 x 248.92 x 27.94mm | 1,020.58g
  • 28 Jan 2014
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • 111995357X
  • 9781119953579
  • 1,813,680

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Andrew C. Scott is Professor of Applied Palaeobotany and aDistinguished Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Sciencesat Royal Holloway, University of London, England David M.J.S.Bowman is Professor of Environmental ChangeBiology in the School of Plant Science at the University ofTasmania, Australia William J. Bond is Professor of Plant Ecology in theDepartment of Botany at the University of Cape Town, SouthAfrica Stephen J. Pyne is Regent s Professor in the Schoolof Life Sciences at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona,USA Martin E. Alexander is an Adjunct Professor of WildlandFire Science and Management at the University of Alberta, Edmonton,Alberta, Canada and formerly a senior fire behavior researchofficer with the Canadian Forest Service

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The well-organized and illustrated work can be used as atextbook or a reference source for practitioners. Eachchapter has a list of further readings, and each part has its ownextensive bibliography. This phenomenal contribution willbecome a classic reference for five mangers, students of fireecology and climate, and researchers for years to come. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. (Choice, 1 October 2014) Overall, the book provides an excellent,multidisciplinary introduction to fire, authored by leading expertsin their fields, written in a very accessible style and supportedby superb illustrations and extensive references. Hence, I highlyrecommend it to potential readers, who may be upper levelundergraduate students, graduate students, teaching staff andeveryone working, or simply interested, in the area ofenvironmental science. (International Journal ofWildland Fire, 1 August 2014) Fire and earth scientists, anthropologists,ecol-ogists, resource managers, and especially ad-vancedstudents in natural sciences will find the text, along with itsonline resources, a req-uisite addition to their libraries.Not only is it a pleasure to read, simply put, it sparks theimagination. (Fire Ecology, 1 June 2014) With wildfire recognised in key government contingencydocuments, not least for climate change, foresters looking forgreater understanding of this future challenge over the comingdecades, should look no further. (CharteredForester, 1 May 2014) This book is a good example of a multidisciplinaryinvestigation. The writers express the wish that it maystimulate further research into fire processes, both natural and induced by humanity. A book worthreading!. (Geological Journal, 29 April2014)

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Earth is the only planet known to have fire. The reason is both simple and profound: fire exists because Earth is the only planet to possess life as we know it. Fire is an expression of life on Earth and an index of life's history. Few processes are as integral, unique, or ancient. "Fire on Earth" puts fire in its rightful place as an integral part of the study of geology, biology, human history, physics, and global chemistry. Fire is ubiquitous in various forms throughout Earth, and belongs as part of formal inquiries about our world. In recent years fire literature has multiplied exponentially; dedicated journals exist and half a dozen international conferences are held annually. A host of formal sciences, or programs announcing interdisciplinary intentions, are willing to consider fire. Wildfire also appears routinely in media reporting. This full-colour text, containing over 250 illustrations of fire in all contexts, is designed to provide a synthesis of contemporary thinking; bringing together the most powerful concepts and disciplinary voices to examine, in an international setting, why planetary fire exists, how it works, and why it looks the way it does today. Students, lecturers, researchers and professionals interested in the physical, ecological and historical characteristics of fire will find this book, and accompanying web-based material, essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all related disciplines, for general interest and for providing an interdisciplinary foundation for further study.

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