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Table 4 Forest characteristics and fuel loads in tropical dry thorn 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) 19.2 ± 6.8** 11.3 ± 4.4
Trees >10 cm dbh (ha−1) 148 ± 45** 93 ± 49
Basal area (m2 ha−1) 8.7 ± 2.3*** 3.0 ± 2
1 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 0.7 ± 0.3ns 0.5 ± 0.2
10 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 0.6 ± 0.4 1.6 ± 0.7***
100 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 1.2 ± 1.3 7.4 ± 8**
1000 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 2.5 ± 1.7ns 4.5 ± 7
Total fuels (Mg ha-1) 5.1 ± 2.5 14.0 ± 15*
  1. * = 0.05
  2. ** = 0.01
  3. *** = 0.001
  4. ns = not significant