salinization

[sal-uh-nuh-zey-shuhn]
noun
the process by which a nonsaline soil becomes saline, as by the irrigation of land with brackish water.

Origin:
1925–30; salinize + -ation

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More efficiently use existing water resources and better control salinization
  to improve arid lands.
Each salinization factor was weighted according to its significance in the
  overall salinization process.
Excessive irrigation increases salt loading in water tables and downstream
  aquifers which causes regional salinization.
As a result of inefficient irrigation, water table in the basin is rising and
  secondary salinization occurred.
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