But when it burns too hot when water levels are too low ...
|Healthy pine island|
The result can be what happened to the pine island,
As shown in the photograph below.
|Previously a pine island|
now converting to a sabal
The fire caused high slash pine mortality with sabal palm now the dominant canopy cover moving in. Is this a natural succession change or has a chronically lower water table tilted the balance in favor of sabal palm groves?