Scientists find fire records inside sand dunes

12 May 2023
Fire on Fraser Island
Fraser Island Fire on K’gari in 2020 which burned over 50% of the island. Image: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

A previously unrecognised sedimentary archive in sand dunes could unlock a repository of fire records, a discovery that could expand fire histories across the globe.

The research, conducted by Dr Nicholas Patton during his PhD at The University of Queensland, has solved a persistent problem facing historians investigating changing fire patterns.

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