A study of damage attributed to lightning in two areas of Shorea albida forest in Sarawak

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Abstract

Presents data on lightning gaps observed on aerial photos taken in 1947 and again in 1961. Many had closed or diminished in size in the interval, owing to growth of fringing trees. Observations suggest that regeneration normally stagnates initially, then develops rapidly. In ca. 50% of the gaps, the original understorey survived. Lightning gaps frequently gave rise to small windthrows. It is concluded that these gaps are of sufficient importance in the development of the forest, especially in the more valuable types, to be included in an inventory.

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