March 15th, 2009

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Schott's Miscellany 14 March 2009

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin was issued a US patent, no. 621195, for the invention of his "Navigable Balloon" (1899)


GREATEST FOREST FIRES

Below are the largest wildfires (by acreage) to have devastated the US since 1997:

Yearfire namelocationstateacres
2004Taylor ComplexAlaska Division of ForestryAK1,305,592
2006East Amarillo ComplexTexas Forest ServiceTX907,245
2004Eagle ComplexBLM Upper Yukon ZoneAK614,974
1997Inowak FireAlaska Division of ForestryAK610,000
2004Solstice ComplexBLM Upper Yukon ZoneAK547,505
2004BoundaryAlaska Division of ForestryAK537,098
2002BiscuitSiskiyou National ForestOR499,570
2002Rodeo/ChediskiBLA Fort Apache AgencyAZ468,638
2004Central ComplexBLM Upper Yukon ZoneAK451,162
1997Simels FireBLM Galena DistrictAK366,000



When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
Confucius (551-479 BCE)
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