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desertification

Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Process by which a geographic region becomes a desert. The change may result from natural changes in climate or by human activity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the gradual transformation of habitable land into desert; is usually caused by climate change or by destructive use of the land

Etymologies

desert +‎ -ification (“process of becoming”) (Wiktionary)

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