Natural Background and Human Mismanagement

  • Monique Mainguet

Part of the Springer Series in Physical Environment book series (SSPENV, volume 9)

About this book


Controversial, and often discussed with passion and vehemence, desertification is a problem on whose solution the survival of millions of humans is dependent. This book aims at an understanding of what is commonly called "desertification" - a term which has a connotation of irreversibility, spreading and emergence of desert-like landscapes: "land degradation" is proposed to replace it. The purpose is to present what has happened in reality, and what might be done. Illustrative worldwide analyses allow a more realistic evaluation of global land degradation. Each level of technology, excessive or insufficient, creates its own mismanagement. This is reflected in a decrease in soil productivity and eventually land degradation. The benefit to the reader is an awareness of the ecozones which have undergone the most severe land degradation, and a global overview of the phenomena, mechanisms and existing solutions.


Desertifikation Trockenlandbewirtschaftung Umwelterhaltung desertification dryland development environment environment conservation Ökozonen der Erde

Authors and affiliations

  • Monique Mainguet
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Géographie Physique ZonaleUniversité de ReimsReimsFrance

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-97255-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-97253-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0937-3047
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