“Desertification” or Land Degradation: Location and Dimension in Time, Vulnerability of Soil and Plants in Drylands

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


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.


Lake Level Land Degradation Surface Horizon Meteorological Drought Agricultural Drought 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

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

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