Dec. 2, 2016 08:35

Wildfires Linked to Soil Erosion

Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered a steep increase in soil erosion following forest fires. “We found that wildfire was responsible for 99% of the total erosion over geologic time scales—thousands of years to millions of years,” said UA geosciences professor Jon Pelletier.

The researchers made the discovery after a major forest fire hit New Mexico in 2011. Wildfires causing massive soil erosion can prevent vegetation from being able to return.

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