oa Madoqua - The incidence of veld-fire in the Etosha National Park, 1970-1979
|Article Title||The incidence of veld-fire in the Etosha National Park, 1970-1979|
|© Publisher:||Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism|
|Affiliations||1 FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch|
|Publication Date||Jan 1981|
|Pages||225 - 230|
|Keyword(s)||Ecosystems, Fire-breaks, Fire-ignition sources, Forage plants, Herbivores, Interaction, Man's Pyrrhic activities, Physiography, Seasonal summer rainfall, Vegetation and Woodland|
This paper documents the temporal and spatial incidence of veldfire in the Etosha National Park from 1970-1979. The data analysed indicate that most veld-fim are caused by lightning and occur chiefly from October-December. There were three times as many naturally caused fires in 1975- 1979 as in the preceding five-year period. Virtually all vegetated areas of the park burned at least once during the period 1970-1979. These and other findings are discussed in relation to climate and management practices.
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