[ dih-zur-tuh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ dɪˌzɜr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /
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- desert soil,
- desert varnish,
Also des·ert·i·za·tion [dez-er-tuh-zey-shuh n] /ˌdɛz ər təˈzeɪ ʃən/.
Origin of desertification
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/ (dɪˌzɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /
a process by which fertile land turns into barren land or desert
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[ dĭ-zûr′tə-fĭ-kā′shən ]
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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