Monday, 18 November 2013

Trial by Fire

Fire as ecological process


Australians have learnt to accept fire for what it is – an ecological process that determines the composition of Australia's unique flora and fauna.

According to Australia's national science agency the CSIRO, "fire is as natural as the sun and the rain...Nothing else produces the chemicals in the ash to stimulate new growth – or in the smoke to stimulate the flowering and regeneration of particular species. Nothing else produces the heat pulse that removes growth-inhibiting toxins in the litter, or opens tightly-closed fruits to release new seed, or penetrates deep into the soil to stimulate the germination of long-buried seed".

I see some deep parallels in our lives.

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