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Lightning Strike Burns Large Forest Tree in the Lope Reserve, Gabon

Caroline E. G. Tutin, Lee J. T. White and Alphonse Mackanga-Missandzou
Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters
Vol. 5, No. 1 (Jan., 1996), pp. 36-41
Published by: Wiley
DOI: 10.2307/2997469
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2997469
Page Count: 6
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Lightning Strike Burns Large Forest Tree in the Lope Reserve, Gabon
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Abstract

Natural fires are assumed to occur in tropical forests and lightning is the most probable cause. However, while fires of man-made origin are widespread and have had an impact on past and present forest dynamics, no natural fires in moist tropical forest appear to have been documented. In October 1993, a large forest tree in the Lope Reserve, Gabon, burnt as a result of fires ignited by lightning. The circumstances of the fire are described and its implications discussed.

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