NCSA 30 | 1990 April
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April 1990

Yellowstone Park's forest fire history

NCSA models Yellowstone fires

Not all forest fires are bad. They play a vital role in the dynamics of forest evolution, transforming fallen plant material to essential nutrients that leach into the soil, opening the canopy so seedlings can get sunlight, and encouraging plant and wildlife diversity. An animation by NCSA experimental technologies guru Alan Craig brought this fact home. A collaboration between the University of Illinois, Fort Lewis College...

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