Long-term fire and vegetation change in northwestern Amazonia

Britte Heijink, Q.A. Mattijs, A.L. Philip, R. Valencia, D. Piperno & C.N.H. McMichael
Amazonian forest plots are used to quantify biodiversity and carbon sequestration, and provide the foundation for much of what is known about tropical ecology. Many plots are assumed to be undisturbed, but recent work suggests that past fire, forest openings, and cultivation created vegetation changes that have persisted for decades to centuries (ecological legacies). The Yasuní Forest Dynamics plot is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, yet its human history remains unknown. Here,...
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