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Desertification in Northwestern Greece; The Case of Kella

  • D. Vokou
  • J. Diamantopoulos
  • Th. A. Mardiris
  • N. S. Margaris
Conference paper

Summary

The mountainous area in the northwestern Greece near the Vegoritis lake is characterized by extremely low plant cover. According to the climatic conditions prevailing and taking into account the vegetation of adjacent areas it seems that the type of system favoured there is that of deciduous trees mixed with evergreen sclerophylls. Nevertheless, the vegetation is very sparse dominated exclusively by Juniperus oxycedrus; under such conditions,soil erosion is very strong. The soil bareness is attributed to overgrazing pressure acting for long in the area.

Keywords

Soil Erosion Soil Bareness Plant Coverage DESERTIFIED Land Grazing Animal 
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    Diamantopoulos J, 1983. Structure and distribution of the Greek phryganic ecosystems, Ph.D.Thesis (in Greek)Google Scholar
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    Margaris NS, 1984. Desertification in Greece. Progress in Biometeorology 3: 120–128.Google Scholar
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Vokou
    • 1
  • J. Diamantopoulos
    • 1
  • Th. A. Mardiris
    • 1
  • N. S. Margaris
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Ecology, Department of Biology, School of SciencesUniversity of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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