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Fire / Stephen J. Pyne.

By: Pyne, Stephen J, 1949-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Earth series (Reaktion Books (Firm)): Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, c2012Description: 207 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781780230467; 178023046X.Other title: Nature and culture [Subtitle on cover:].Subject(s): Fire | Combustion | Fires in art | Fires -- History | Fires -- Mythology | Fires -- Social aspects -- History | Wildfires | Forest firesDDC classification:
Contents:
Creating combustion -- Burning bright, burning wide, burning deep -- Fire creature -- Fire works: anthropogenic fire practices -- Famous fires: an anthology -- Fire studied and fire made -- Fire painted -- Fire celebrated -- The great disruption -- Megafire.
Summary: "Fire has been an integral feature of our planet for over 400 million years. It has defined human culture from the beginning; it is something without which we cannot survive. For while fire is among the most destructive forces on earth, it has equally tremendous powers of cleansing renewal and controlled energy. In this book the author delivers a masterclass history of fire and its use by humanity, explaining how fire has always been at the core of how people have made their world habitable, whether hunting, foraging, farming, herding or urbanizing, and of course in managing nature reserves. Fire was deployed in the bast by aboriginal communities, and early agricultural societies began to control and contain fire and fuel. But our mastery of the science and art of fire has not given us absolute power: fire disasters have altered the course of history, and unexpected fires that begin as the result of other disasters can have shocking efffects. In addition, wildfires are a crucial component of natural regeneration. The past 200 years has also seen the growth of a massive new role of combustibles in the form of fossil biomass: 'people burn fuels from the geological past and release their effluents into the geological future. The present they overload with noxious emissions and greenhouse gases.' New combustion practices have radically changed the world's ecological balance.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-198) and index.

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