Skip to main content

Study: Charcoal From Wildfires Enters River Systems

Large amounts of charcoal from wildfires enter the world's river systems and eventually reach the ocean, according to a new study.

Scored pine tress outside of Bastrop where a wildfire came through on September 6, 2011.

Large amounts of charcoal from wildfires enter the world's river systems and eventually reach the ocean, adding to the fires' carbon impact, according to a new study by Florida International University's Southeast Environmental Research Center in Miami. Researchers said the study defied the common belief that charcoal seeps into soil and stays there. According to the research, about 25 million tons of dissolved charcoal reach the oceans every year.

Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.

Quality journalism doesn't come free

Yes, I'll donate today