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September 2003
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by WBM Staff
Cork Forests Burn For First TimeIntense fires in Portugal are estimated to have destroyed between 48,000--60,000 acres of cork oak forest, mainly in the northern part of the Alentejo. This represents about 3.5 percent of Portugal's total cork forest of 1,766,600 acres. In total, 250,000 acres of forest are estimated to have been destroyed in fires that were raging for more than a week. Because of their wide spacing, it is most unusual for cork forests to be seriously affected by fire. This time,...
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