forest fire

Effects of Forest Fire on Permafrost

Wed, 04/29/2009 - 00:00

In late June, 2004, a wildfire swept across the Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks. The Boundary Fire, as it became known, burned so intensely that it destroyed the ground surface organic layer, a 30-centimeter-thick mixture of roots, leaves, lichens, and moss which normally acts as an important insulator protecting the frozen ground below.  Read More

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