desertification
noun Date: 1974 the process of becoming desert (as from land mismanagement or climate change) • desertify transitive verb

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  • Desertification — Désertification L aridification précède souvent la désertification La désertification est un phénomène naturel ou non qui a pour origine des variations climatiques et/ou les conséquences d activités humaines. Ce mot décrit une aridification… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • désertification — [ dezɛrtifikasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1910; de 2. désert 1 ♦ Géogr., écol. Transformation d une région en désert sous l action de facteurs climatiques ou humains. Lutte contre la désertification. 2 ♦ Fig. Disparition de toute activité humaine dans une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • desertification — de‧sert‧i‧fi‧ca‧tion [dɪˌzɜːtfˈkeɪʆn ǁ ɜːr ] noun [uncountable] FARMING when useful land, especially farm land, becomes dry and gradually turns into a desert * * * desertification UK US /dɪˌzɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun [U] ► ENVIRONMENT the process by …   Financial and business terms

  • desertification — 1973, from DESERT (Cf. desert) (n.1) + FICATION (Cf. fication). In French, désertisation is attested from 1968 …   Etymology dictionary

  • desertification — [di zʉrt΄ə fi kā′shən] n. [ DESERT2 + I + FICATION] the change of arable land into a desert either from natural causes or as a result of human activity …   English World dictionary

  • Desertification — Lake Chad in a 2001 satellite image, with the actual lake in blue. The lake has shrunk by 95% since the 1960s.[1] Desertification is the degradation of land in drylands …   Wikipedia

  • Désertification — L aridification précède souvent la désertification La désertification est un phénomène naturel ou non qui a pour origine des variations climatiques et/ou les conséquences d activités humaines. Ce mot décrit une aridification locale, reflétant la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • desertification — /di zerr teuh fi kay sheuhn/, n. Ecol. 1. the processes by which an area becomes a desert. 2. the rapid depletion of plant life and the loss of topsoil at desert boundaries and in semiarid regions, usually caused by a combination of drought and… …   Universalium

  • desertification — /dəˌzɜtəfəˈkeɪʃən/ (say duh.zertuhfuh kayshuhn) noun the process by which once productive land in arid, semi arid and parts of the sub humid zone is turned into desert, especially by such practices as overstocking and removal of plant life which… …   Australian English dictionary

  • desertification — [[t]dɪzɜ͟ː(r)tɪfɪke͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N UNCOUNT Desertification is the process by which a piece of land becomes dry, empty, and unsuitable for growing trees or crops on. A third of Africa is under threat of desertification …   English dictionary

  • Desertification — desertifikavimas statusas Aprobuotas sritis ekologinis ūkininkavimas apibrėžtis Procedūra, kuria sertifikavimo įstaiga patvirtina, kad gaminys ar gamybos procesas nebeatitinka nustatytų reikalavimų. atitikmenys: angl. desertification; retirement… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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