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Table 3 Forest characteristics and fuel loads in tropical dry deciduous forests in the Nilgiri (1996 to 2005) and Sathyamangalam (1997 to 2012) landscapes. Means are presented with standard deviations, utilizing Welch’s t test.

From: Contrasting Fire Regimes in a Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest and a Savanna Ecosystem in the Western Ghats, India

  Landscape
  Nilgiri Sathyamangalam
Tree species richness (no. per 0.5 ha) 17.1 ± 8.4* 12.3 ± 4.9
Trees ≥10 cm dbh (ha−1) 343 ± 167*** 122 ± 66
Basal area (m2 ha−1) 23.8 ± 8.8*** 5.5 ± 3.3
1 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 1.44 ± 0.65*** 0.68 ± 0.3
10 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 1.1 ± 0.6** 1.7 ± 0.78
100 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 3.4 ± 4* 7.8 ± 6
1000 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 15.3 ± 15** 2.0 ± 2.8
Total fuels (Mg ha−1) 21.3 ± 17* 12.3 ± 8
  1. * = 0.05
  2. ** = 0.01
  3. *** = 0.001