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desertification

[ dih-zur-tuh-fi-key-shuhn ]
/ dɪˌzɜr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /
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noun Ecology.
the processes by which an area becomes a desert.
the rapid depletion of plant life and the loss of topsoil at desert boundaries and in semiarid regions, caused mostly by a combination of drought and such human practices as deforestation and unsustainable agriculture, the effects of which are exacerbated by climate change.
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Also des·ert·i·za·tion [dez-er-tuh-zey-shuhn] /ˌdɛz ər təˈzeɪ ʃən/ .
Compare aridification.

Origin of desertification

First recorded in 1970–75; desert1 + -i- + -fication
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British Dictionary definitions for desertification

desertification
/ (dɪˌzɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /

noun
a process by which fertile land turns into barren land or desert
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Scientific definitions for desertification

desertification
[ dĭ-zûr′tə-fĭ-kāshən ]

The transformation of land once suitable for agriculture into desert. Desertification can result from climate change or from human practices such as deforestation and overgrazing.
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