desertification [dih-zur-t uh-fi- key-sh uh n] 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, usually caused by a combination of drought and the overexploitation of grasses and other vegetation by people.
des·ert·i·za·tion [dez-er-t uh- zey-sh uh n] /ˌdɛz ər təˈzeɪ ʃən/
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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. British Dictionary definitions for desertification noun a process by which fertile land turns into barren land or desert
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Word Origin and History for desertification n.
desert (n.1) + -fication. In French, désertisation is attested from 1968.
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desertification in Science 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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