“Desertification” or Land Degradation: Location and Dimension in Time, Vulnerability of Soil and Plants in Drylands
After the discussion in Chap. 1 of the existence or nonexistence of desertification, I have great difficulty in accepting the use of the word “desertification” at all, because it so often implies an irreversible condition. I prefer the term “land degradation” and I shall try to prove that the processes of land degradation offer far more hope for recuperation that is often deemed possible. Meanwhile I shall continue to use the word “desertification” because it is the commonly accepted one.
KeywordsLake Level Land Degradation Surface Horizon Meteorological Drought Agricultural Drought
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