Also des·ert·i·za·tion [dez-er-tuh-zey-shuh n] /ˌdɛz ər təˈzeɪ ʃən/.
Origin of desertification
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So why do we invariably connect higher temperatures with droughts and desertification?The Upside to Global Warming
August 26, 2011
The presence of a nearby desert has no direct relationship to desertification.
Desertification does not occur in linear, easily mappable patterns.
Desertification may intensify a general climatic trend toward greater aridity, or it may initiate a change in local climate.
There is no consensus among researchers as to the specific causes, extent, or degree of desertification.
- a process by which fertile land turns into barren land or desert
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Word Origin and History for desertification
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- 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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