desertization

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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