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Ellery, K., Ellery, W.N., McCarthy, T.S., Cairncross, B. and Oelofse, R. 1989. A peat fire in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, and its importance as an ecosystem process. African Journal of Ecology, 27: 7-21


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A peat fire in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, and its importance as an ecosystem process.

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The progressive abandonment and desiccation of the lower Nqoga River system and its associated vegetation-covered peat deposits, has resulted in the development of sub-surface peat fires. These appear to have been burning in the study area for decades and consist of a mosaic of burning fronts, the first of which burns to a depth of up to 15 cm. This relatively shallow fire destroys the bases of stems and plant rhizomes, thereby preventing re-establishment of the former plant community by vegetative growth. Soils; Ecological processes.

Year: 1989

Type: Journal Article

Origin: Bibliography compiled for Okavango River: The flow of a lifeline.

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