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de·sert·i·fi·ca·tion

 (dĭ-zûr′tə-fĭ-kā′shən)
n.
The transformation of arable or habitable land to desert, as by a change in climate or destructive land use.
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desertification

(dɪˌzɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
(Geological Science) a process by which fertile land turns into barren land or desert
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de•sert•i•fi•ca•tion

(dɪˌzɜr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
the processes by which an area becomes a desert.
[1970–75]
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de·sert·i·fi·ca·tion

(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 cutting down forests or allowing too many animals to graze in a particular area.
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desertification

1. The process by which land that has been farmed or inhabited becomes changed into desert, usually through climatic change or overfarming.
2. Fertile land becoming unproductive desert, often due to overcropping and overgrazing.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desertification - the gradual transformation of habitable land into desertdesertification - the gradual transformation of habitable land into desert; is usually caused by climate change or by destructive use of the land; "the dust storms in Korea are the result of rapid desertification in China"
geologic process, geological process - (geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified
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Translations

desertification

[ˌdezɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] Ndesertización f
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desertification

[dɪˌzɜːrtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] ndésertification f
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desertification

[dɪˌzɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃn] ndesertificazione f
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With its history of widespread land degradation and recurring droughts, Ethiopia often springs to mind when considering desertification. According to the Global Mechanism, a subsidiary of the UNCCD, Ethiopia continues to lose 62,000 hectares of forest and woodland a year, 30,000 hectares to water erosion, with another two million hectares severely damaged.
Morocco has been participating effectively in developing partnerships with OSS member countries in order to face the challenges of desertification and other environmental issues, Fezzani told MAP on the sidelines of a meeting of the Observatory's executive board.
KARBALA / Aswat al-Iraq - Southwest Iraq's Karbala Province's Council has signed a cooperation agreement with a Russian University, aimed at fighting desertification in the country, Karbala's Media Director said on Monday.
Desertification is the degradation of land in already dry parts of the globe that results from various factors, including natural climate changes as well as human activity.
Summary: A delegation of Niger's Ministry of Water, Environment and Desertification Control has been on a visit to Algeria since a week to take the most of Algeria's experience in the chlorination and disinfection of drinking water.
ISLAMABAD, June 17 -- World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will be commemorated today (June 17) in remembrance of adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
CAIRO: As desertification dries up farmland across the Arab world, the region's governments cannot remedy concerns about food security solely by looking to Africa for agricultural production, a regional expert said.
In his latest column ('How to stop desertification', African Business, July 2009 issue) he takes on the question of increasing desertification and practical solutions to halt, or at least slow, this disturbing and damaging phenomenon.
The World Day to Combat Desertification is observed every year on 17 June.
In conclusions adopted at the end of the General Affairs Council of July 23, EU foreign ministers have stressed "the urgency of continuous, enhanced and vigorous efforts at all levels to achieve the global target of accomplishing the Millennium Development Goals and to significantly reduce the expansion of areas affected by desertification".
PESHAWAR -- Un-seemingly million hectares of productive land are gradually being lost to desertification world over either due to mismanagement or climate change which greatly affects economy, agricultural productivity and food security.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 27 (ANI): Underlining that desertification is a worldwide problem, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that India will aim to convert degraded land of nearly 50 lakh hectares to fertile land by 2030.