desertification

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desertification

[dih-zur-tuh-fi-key-shuhn]
noun Ecology.
1.
the processes by which an area becomes a desert.
2.
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.
Also, desertization [dez-er-tuh-zey-shuhn] .
Compare aridification.


Origin:
1970–75; desert1 + -i- + -fication

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desertification (dɪˌzɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
a process by which fertile land turns into barren land or desert

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desertification
1973, from desert (n.1) + -fication. In Fr., désertisation is attested from 1968.
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desertification   (dĭ-zûr'tə-fĭ-kā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
Few put eyes on crying trees, warming climate, and desertification of land.
It is understood that deforestation reduces available water and increases
  desertification.
Where the trees have been cut, the land is often degraded and desertification
  has set in as topsoil washes away.
Early and current agricultural practises leads to desertification.
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