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Desertification : Natural Background and Human Mismanagement

Author: Monique Mainguet
Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1991.
Series: Springer series in physical environment, 9.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Controversial, and often discussed with passion and vehemence, desertification is a problem on whose solution the survival of millions of humans is dependent. This book aims at an understanding of what is commonly called "desertification"--A term which has a connotation of irreversibility, spreading and emergence of desert-like landscapes: "land degradation" is proposed to replace it. The purpose is to present what  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Monique Mainguet
ISBN: 9783642972539 3642972535
OCLC Number: 851374704
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 306 pages 84 illustrations).
Series Title: Springer series in physical environment, 9.
Responsibility: by Monique Mainguet.

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Controversial, and often discussed with passion and vehemence, desertification is a problem on whose solution the survival of millions of humans is dependent. This book aims at an understanding of what is commonly called "desertification"--A term which has a connotation of irreversibility, spreading and emergence of desert-like landscapes: "land degradation" is proposed to replace it. The purpose is to present what has happened in reality, and what might be done. Illustrative worldwide analyses allow a more realistic evaluation of global land degradation. Each level of technology, excessive or insufficient, creates its own mismanagement. This is reflected in a decrease in soil productivity and eventually land degradation. The benefit to the reader is an awareness of the ecozones which have undergone the most severe land degradation, and a global overview of the phenomena, mechanisms and existing solutions.

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