During summer, wildfires are relatively common occurrences
in the mountains of the western United States. We have learned that Earth is a
system in which various parts of the four major spheres interact in uncountable
ways. Lets relate that idea to a wildfire in the western mountains.
a. What atmospheric conditions might precede and thus set
the stage for a wildfire?
b. What might ignite the blaze? Suggest a natural
possibility and a human possibility.
c. Describe at least one way that wildfires might influence
future mass-wasting processes.