Prehistoric anthroprogenic wildland burning by hunter-gatherer societies in the temperate regions: A net source, sink, or neutral to the global carbon budget?  Journal Article

Abstract excerpt: "There is a need for more intensive multi-disciplinary study of prehistoric "hunter-gatherer" burning patterns in temperate regions. Calilbrnia is presented as a case study to demonstrate how powerful, effective, and widely employed fire was in the native repertoire for directly manipulating the wildland environment. It is highly likely that the magnitude of burning in other temperate regions as well as in California, has been underestimated by anthropologists."      
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Anderson, M. Kat. 1994. Chemosphere, Volume 29 No 5.