One of the other processes besides growth that occurs more slowly in arid country compared to wet country is decay. I’ve taken any number of photographs of this log up the mountain behind our house over the last 40 years and will continue to do so I suppose. It changes over time due to rot, but slowly, and more importantly (to me anyway) very interestingly.
I’ve taken a bit of liberty in the naming of this photograph. Rot is a form of oxidation, as is fire. The two processes differ in terms of speed of course but also the causes of the oxidation. But I think, if you (figuratively) squint your eyes properly while considering the issue, thinking of rot as a form of burning can come to make sense. After all, if you can burn calories…