Why are the prairies treeless?
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): M. Christy
Publication Year: 1892

Cataloging Information

  • Arkansas
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • fertility
  • fire frequency
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • geography
  • grasses
  • human caused fires
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • mammals
  • Manitoba
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Native Americans
  • Nebraska
  • Northwest Territories
  • Ohio
  • prairies
  • precipitation
  • range management
  • season of fire
  • small mammals
  • soil moisture
  • soil nutrients
  • soil organic matter
  • soils
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • understory vegetation
  • wildfires
  • wind
  • Wisconsin
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 45975
Tall Timbers Record Number: 21614
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text ... 'The grass on the prairies becomes, in the autumn, much drier and more combustible than it usually does in Europe; and, when it is remembered that the American climate is much drier than ours, that high winds are more prevalent, and that the area over which a fire can run, when once started, is of enormous extent, no one need wonder that very great conflagrations often take place.'

Christy, M. 1892. Why are the prairies treeless?, Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and monthly record of geography. Edward Stanford,London. 14, p. 78-100,New series.