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Registered: 06/13/06
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Re:global warming
Saturday, August 12 2017 @ 08:04 AM CDT

there's a song to be written about this somehow:
Fires are rare on an island where 80% of the land is covered by ice up to 3km thick in places.

However, satellites have observed smoke and flames north-east of a town called Sisimiut since 31 July.

Experts believe at least two fires are burning in peat that may have dried out as temperatures have risen.
LINK: BBC News: 'Unusual' Greenland wildfires linked to peat
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Registered: 08/29/11
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Location: Chattanooga, TN United States
Re:global warming
Tuesday, August 15 2017 @ 10:18 PM CDT

Some fires can burn underground for many decades and are nearly impossible to put out.   Peat, a precursor to coal, is one of those substances.   Or coal:   the Centralia Mine fire has been burning since May 27, 1962 in a former anthracite coal mine.   Or copper ore:   A fire started in the copper sulfide ores in the United Verde Mine in Jerome, Arizona and burned for more than 30 years ... while the company tried to mine around it.   (Eventually they created an open-pit mine and dug it out, because the burning ore was very rich.)