Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Desertification

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_499

Desertification refers to changes to the fragile ecosystems of arid, semi-arid and sub-humid areas. The ecological balance and productivity of the ecosystems of non-desert areas may be damaged or reduced by human activities, resulting in drastic environmental changes and the formation of a desert landscape. Desertification and its mitigation have high environmental education significance and can sometimes become an important ecotourism resource.

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