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Is the area burnt in Amazonas quite smaller than the 2018 California wildfires?

I've found this data, which I'm not sure it's right. This article claims the area burnt in Amazon this year is 1,330 square miles (344,468 hectareas) Amazon rainforest fires . And this other article ...
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Is the rainforest too wet to burn?

I want to know if a living rainforest in the Amazon, completely untouched by humans, is too wet for the fire to spread, even in the dryer months around July? I.e. if somebody dropped 5000 gallons of ...
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Why is it said that Amazon creates 20% of the oxygen production of the world, when it accounts with less than 14-12.8% of the forest area?

Many times we see in articles that the Amazon rainforest creates 20% of the oxygen of the world . Even french president Macron stated this in a tweet Macron tweet According to this Amazonas size ...
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What are these clearings in Amazon rainforest?

I was surfing around on Google Maps and found dozens of clearings amid a sea of vegetation. What are they? Some look like rocks, others can't be made out due to the image resolution. Here is one ...
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Are “rainy season” and “less rainy season” good ways to describe Amazon seasons in English scientific language?

I'm a Brazilian native. Here, the English translation to the most didactic way to express the Amazon seasons are: "rainy season", and "less rainy season", because it always rains a lot, but there is a ...
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How important is Sahara dust for the Amazon?

A recent article by Yu et al. estimated that 28 million tons of dust from the Sahara fall to the surface over the Amazon basin per year out of the 132 million tons that remain in the air when the dust ...
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What was the Amazon like during Green Sahara?

It is said that the Amazon rainforest receives up to half of its nutrients via mineral dust from the Sahara desert. But a few thousand years ago, the Sahara desert was much more fertile, having a ...