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The Pre-Quaternary history of fire
Abstract Although evidence for land vegetation comes from the Silurian, and maybe even earlier, the first record of fossil charcoal (fusain) is from the late Devonian. For this period there are onlyExpand
Charcoal recognition, taphonomy and uses in palaeoenvironmental analysis
Abstract Charcoal, predominantly the product of wildfires, is abundant in many sedimentary rocks deposited in a wide range of environments, from terrestrial to marine. It also occurs in some volcanicExpand
Fire in the Earth System
What is known and what is needed to develop a holistic understanding of the role of fire in the Earth system are reviewed, particularly in view of the pervasive impact of fires and the likelihood that they will become increasingly difficult to control as climate changes. Expand
Phanerozoic concentrations of atmospheric oxygen reconstructed from sedimentary charcoal
Varying concentrations of atmospheric oxygen have affected the development of animals and the role of wildfire in ecosystems. Reconstructions of past oxygen concentrations from fossil charcoalExpand
The human dimension of fire regimes on Earth
An historical framework is provided to promote understanding of the development and diversification of fire regimes, covering the pre-human period, human domestication of fire, and the subsequent transition from subsistence agriculture to industrial economies. Expand
The diversification of Paleozoic fire systems and fluctuations in atmospheric oxygen concentration.
  • A. Scott, I. Glasspool
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 18 July 2006
Trends in charcoal abundance and fire system diversification conform well to changes in atmospheric oxygen concentration, as predicted by modeling, and indicate oxygen levels are a significant control on long-term fire occurrence. Expand
Wildfire responses to abrupt climate change in North America
It is widely accepted, based on data from the last few decades and on model simulations, that anthropogenic climate change will cause increased fire activity. However, less attention has been paid toExpand
Cretaceous wildfires and their impact on the Earth system
Abstract A comprehensive compilation of literature on global Cretaceous charcoal occurrences shows that from the Valanginian on throughout the Cretaceous, terrestrial sedimentary systems frequentlyExpand
Fire and the spread of flowering plants in the Cretaceous.
  • W. Bond, A. Scott
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • The New phytologist
  • 1 December 2010
It is suggested that forest was slow to develop until the Eocene, when fire activity dropped to very low levels, and the causes and consequences of fires in the deep past warrant greater attention. Expand
Coal petrology and the origin of coal macerals: a way ahead?
The development of coal petrology and the establishment of a nomenclatural system have proved of major use both for the industrial utilization of coal and for the development of a broad understandingExpand