from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The transformation of arable or habitable land to desert, as by a change in climate or destructive land use.
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- n. Process by which a geographic region becomes a desert. The change may result from natural changes in climate or by human activity.
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- n. the gradual transformation of habitable land into desert; is usually caused by climate change or by destructive use of the land
The term desertification was coined to convey this drama of pressing and interconnected issues in drylands, but human-induced land degradation extends beyond drylands or forests.
The threat of desertification is significant for over a third (35 percent) of Greek land and somewhat less so for another section accounting for half (49 percent) of the country, according to Constantinos Kosmas of Athensâ€ ™ s Agriculture University.
Protecting forests to stop desertification is a major step towards strengthening our common global environment.
Nutrition: Sub-Saharan countries are affected by increasing degradation of the environment -- which we commonly call desertification -- due to frequent droughts, cutting down of trees, soil erosion and poverty.
First, a decades-long drought turned fertile lands in the north of Darfur into desert (in a process known as desertification), which made land use and land rights much more contentious.
In the Sahelian zone, such plantations are not established on an industrial basis and are less important, except in Senegal where plantations are created to stop desertification, which is a pressing ecological problem.
Let me speak a moment about desertification, which is a long word that I suspect few people here are familiar with and few are experts in.
When I visited the Wodaabe Tribe in the Sahal they had never heard of the word desertification but they knew better than anyone that their soil was exhausted.
A Global effect of climate change known as desertification is advancing the Gobi and currently threatens more than 400 million people in several Chinese provinces.
When the trees are decimated in a region, a process called "desertification" tends to occur downwind because the trees are no longer there to pump groundwater back into the atmosphere to fall back to Earth as additional rainfall at some down wind location.
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