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The influence of veld fire on an Acacia erioloba community in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park

P. T van der Walt, E. A. N le Riche
Koedoe | Supplement | a571 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v27i2.571 | © 1984 P. T van der Walt, E. A. N le Riche | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 December 1984 | Published: 01 December 1984

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P. T van der Walt, National Parks Board of Trustees, South Africa
E. A. N le Riche, Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa

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Abstract

The effect of a single fire during November 1976 on the survival of an Acacia erioloba community in the dry Nossob River valley in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was monitored at three sites from 1977 to 1982. Approximately one third of the trees in each site died on account of the fire, while almost 50 suffered varying degrees of fire damage. The most extensive fire damage occurred amongst fully grown trees.

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