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After the FiresThe Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park$
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Linda L. Wallace

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100488

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100488.001.0001

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The Fires of 1988: A Chronology and Invitation to Research

The Fires of 1988: A Chronology and Invitation to Research

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Fires of 1988: A Chronology and Invitation to Research
After the Fires

Linda L. Wallace

Francis J. Singer

Paul Schullery

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This chapter looks at the large-scale fires of 1998 that swept through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, most notably in Yellowstone National Park. It resulted from a combination of drought, above-average temperatures, and numerous dry thunderstorms with lightning strikes and high winds. One of the biggest concerns of the public during and after the fires of 1998 was how individual plants and animals fared. Some of the greatest public concerns were for large animals, particularly Elk. Elk mortality and population responses after the fires took some surprising turns. The public interest in how fires affect water availability and quality.

Keywords:   Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Yellowstone National Park, drought, Elk mortality, thunderstorms

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