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© 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. The phenomenon of desertification involves the loss of biological or economic productivity and biodiversity in arid and semiarid croplands, pastures, rangelands, and subhumid woodlands due mainly to nonsustainable human activities, such as overcultivation, fuel gathering, overgrazing by domestic animals, deforestation, and poor irrigation practices, and often triggered or exacerbated by climate variability, mainly drought.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reynolds, JF

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Book Title

  • Encyclopedia of Biodiversity: Second Edition

Start / End Page

  • 479 - 494

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780123847201

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/B978-0-12-384719-5.00289-6

Citation Source

  • Scopus