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The Book of Fire
By William H. Cottrell, Jr.
Beginning at the molecular level, The Book of Fire introduces nonscientists to the anatomy of heat, ignition, and flame-progressing from how a twig catches fire to how an entire forest burns.
This book reveals the amazing and intricate workings of fire chemistry and the physics of forest fires. To help readers understand the science of fire, author William Cottrell illustrates combustion events that most people are familiar with: a flickering candle, a smoldering campfire, a slowly cooking marshmallow. It is an excellent book for inquiring students of all ages, as well as for teachers and classrooms.
The author uses illustrations to introduce readers to wildland fire behavior, fire types, and fuel levels-indispensible information for firefighters and fire managers, as well as homeowners who live in the wildland-urban interface. The Book of Fire is also a good resource for city dwellers who want to know the contents of smoky air or understand what really happened when the local newspaper says a wildfire "made a run." A glossary contains the most up-to-date terminology used by firefighters and fire managers. Mountain Press. ISBN: 0-87842-491-1. Second Edition, 2004. 73 pages.
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