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The size and frequency of wildfires in the northern Rocky Mountains will increase so much with global warming that it will profoundly alter the landscape of Yellowstone National Park and its environs, predicts a new study.

The conifer forests of spruce, pine and Douglas fir that grow at elevations from 6,000 to 8,000 feet could give way to open woodlands, grass and shrubs, transforming the greater Yellowstone ecosytem that includes parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The large, severe wildfires that have historically occurred infrequently will grow more common as rising temperatures hasten spring snowmelt, lengthening the fire season and drying out the region's mid-elevation forests. “It's really by mid-century that it's going to happen,” said the study's lead author, UC Merced environmental engineering and geography professor Anthony Westerling.
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The interval between big wildfires would be so short that the dense mountain forests typical of much of the northern Rockies would not have enough time to regenerate. Westerling cautioned that when that vegetation shift occurs, it will alter wildfire patterns in a way models can't predict.

But he doubted fire conditions would be worse than projected. “I think all the surprises will tend to be pleasant ones," he said. For instance, if the climate is wetter than expected, that could partially counter the effects of rising temperatures.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/07/yellowsto...

So, dinialists, when you read an article like this, do you think something like this?

These scientists are such fools. Don't they know that these climate-change projections are just BS.

Just wondering...

Peter
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