An Activity of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Country Reports
Peatland Fire Problems and Significant Events

            Fire in the Okavango Delta peatlands. 
Source: Photograph taken by Space Shuttle Mission STS 007 (1983).



A peat fire in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, and its importance as an ecosystem process (by W.N. Ellery, K. Ellery, T.S. McCarthy, B. Cairncross and R. Oelofse, University of Witwatersrand)

Remote sensing to detect sub-surface peat fires and peat fire scars in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (by T. Gumbricht, T.S. McCarthy, J. McCarth, D. Roy, P.E. Frost, and K. Wessels, South African Journal of Science, Volume 98 No. 7/8 July/August 2002) 


Digging for Fire: Burning peat underlies Mali’s hot ground (published by Science News, 12 July 2003)

Cooling Mali’s volcanism (published by Geotimes, 18 July 2003) 

Other reports on the Mali subsurface peat fires:

Wildfire Below: Smoldering peat disgorges huge volumes of carbon (Science News, November 2002)


Drying of Liambezi Lake


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