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Aerial view of forest fire in pine forest in the Everglades National Park.

Fire is a natural factor that maintains the pinelands and other natural communities in South Florida. The frequency of these fires is influenced by large-scale climate cycles, particularly El Nino Southern Oscillations. Fires are more prevalent during the drier La Nina phase than during the wetter El Nino phase. This photograph originally appeared on the cover of Ecology (84:12) in December of 2003.
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Keywords fire, forest, burn, burning, disturbance, La Nina, El Nino, climate
Key taxa pine
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Pedagogical Use Description This photograph could be used to illustrate fire as a natural disturbance that is important in maintaining many community types. It could be used as a starting point for discussion of fire regimes, fire suppression or prescribed burns, and the general role of disturbance in ecological communities.
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Primary Author Affiliation Regional Fire Management Coordinator, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Biology Program, Wilkes University
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Rights Copyright 2003 by the Ecological Society of America.
Date Of Record Submission 2008-03-18

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