Fire!

So how exactly do you write about the background of fire? That is the question. Well, I can’t tell you where it comes from necessarily, just that it’s one of the primary elements that makes up our earth.

We experience fire in several different ways.

The Sun

As you may have read, my girlfriend and I got really sunburned at World Pride 2014, so I’ve been feeling kind of under the weather, hence the blog being on hold. After a week, it’s gotten much better, but I’ve got blisters and itchiness and everything going on. Trust me, it doesn’t feel good at all!

Due to the effects of global warming, the sun is even more potent than it was when I was a kid. I remember being able to go outside and not worry about sunscreen, but now I feel like I’m crazy to leave home without it! I hope you’re all really careful about the sun. The heat and the UV rays can damage our skin, cause us to get really bad wrinkles as we age, and even cause cancer. My mom got cancer from the sun right on her eye, it’s no joke. Be careful out there my loves!

Volcanoes

Courtesy of Flickr.com

Courtesy of Flickr.com

Without volcanoes under the water, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have earth at all. They erupt and are cooled by the water and can form islands and other cool land formations. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the island of Hawaii was formed because of volcanoes.

Volcanoes are one of the most commonly known natural fire-creating things out there, and they can be extremely dangerous. When they erupt, boiling hot lava emerges from the pit inside and can cause severe destruction in its wake. Human and animal homes alike can be destroyed. There are several volcanoes that are thought to be inactive, so people build their homes around them, but if something ever triggered those into erupting, there would be some massive damage.

The Earth’s Core

How many of you knew that the outer core of our earth is made of molten lava? How many of you are like me and wonder just how in the heck that is possible? How did it happen?! Well I’m going to do some research on that this week and get back with you on what I find out about it. Stay tuned!

Lightning

Lightning is more of an electrical element, but when it strikes it can cause some serious fires. They are unpredictable and can quickly get out of control, especially if it has been started in a dry forest. Forest fires are deeply destructive and scary, and can destroy entire habitats and even human dwellings. We have to be really careful about how we deal with fires in a place that is so wooded and could just go up in flames at any moment.

Wildfires

Prairie Wildfire by Dove_51

Prairie Wildfire by Dove_51

Sometimes fire can be a good thing and not a destructive thing. In certain ecosystems like in the prairies, when it catches on fire the ashes from it actually act as a necessary sort of fertilizer for the soil and allows it to continue to produce more of the specific types of plants that can thrive in areas that are “fire-affected.”

Grassy areas are very prone to wildfires because of how dry they are. The grass can go up in flames like natural kindling. This is great in ways for the plant life associated with these areas, and as long as the fires are contained and the animals are able to evacuate or be evacuated, they can actually play a vital role in the ecosystem. Fire ecology exists to discover the benefits and connections of wildfires and the environment.

Sparks

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Courtesy of Flickr.com

Falling rocks such as can be commonly seen in mountainous and hilly areas can collide and cause sparks, which may or may not cause unexpected fires. While these types of fires may happen, they aren’t quite as common as the unexpected fires caused by lightning.

Still, it is important to be careful in these areas, and place protective nets against cliff faces prone to landslides. Not only will those protect innocent passers-by, but they may also prevent impact that could cause fires.

I’m willing to bet that some neanderthal was able to discover fire just by watching some rocks falling naturally onto other rocks and causing sparks. If I was a cavewoman and I saw the rocks make something pretty, I’d want to try smashing rocks together too! Maybe nature went all the way and caused a fire right where an entire group of people were sitting. Who knows? In my mind though, the mystery is solved!

Spontaneous Combustion

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Courtesy of Flickr.com

When I hear the phrase “spontaneous combustion” I generally go back to my youthful interest in cryptozoology and the strange phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion. Unfortunately, while it is speculative for humans, for some plants it is all too real.

Spontaneous plant combustion can occur when the matter is in the process of decomposition or it is very dry and exposed to just the right (or wrong, depending on your perspective) circumstances. Decomposition releases energy in the form of heat, and with the help of the sun it can be catastrophic.

Plants spontaneously bursting into flame has been the cause of destructive house fires and other unforeseeable dangerous situations. It can take a lot of variables to cause this type of spontaneous combustion, but if they’re met then the results can be disastrous.

Conclusion

So there you have it! These are the most common ways that fire naturally affects us in our daily lives! Thanks again for your patience while I’ve been on the mend! Moving hurt. :’D

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About ammbassett

Hey everybody! You can call me A. I'm the creator of the blog "Upgrade Earth," and I hope to help inspire you into personally engineering the future of the planet we call home! Humanity is due for an upgrade and I think we're just the people to do it, so let's get started today!
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