-Dr. Eugene Shannon Asserts
One of Liberia’s leading Geologists and former Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon has described the forest fire currently consuming the top of the Wologisi Mountain in Lofa County as a continuous combustion, ruling out volcano eruption as being insinuated by Liberians.
Speaking on UNMIL radio Wednesday, the former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister said the accumulation of dry leaves over a long period, couple with intense heat and high temperature, led to the spontaneous combustion.
According to him, for the fire to go off, it must be sprayed overhead with carbon dioxide or a rainfall. “You cannot put the fire off with bucket of water because the heat is high, the leaves are dried, the fire will continue until it will come down to some green leaf and eventually, the fire may go off. Because there is no rainfall, so it will continue to spread and let’s pray to have some rainfalls,” he said.
In a related development, Dr. Shannon has called for transforming royalties paid to government for iron ore into agriculture to help boost the nation’s economy and development stressing that iron ore as a finite resource has no renewable quality. According to Dr. Shannon, the royalties can be used to procure fertilizers for Liberia’s soil which is reddish and very poor in nutrients. “Our soil is bad, I hear people saying our soil is rich going in investment, yes, but for a farming season. Our soil are poor, yellow, brownish,” he said.
(From the counties-Grand Bassa)