Definition of desertification in US English:

desertification

noun

  • The process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture.

    • ‘Agriculture was neglected throughout this period, and desertification gradually reduced arable land.’
    • ‘Deforestation and desertification, caused in part by overpopulation, force people off of the hinterlands and into the cities.’
    • ‘The burgeoning populations of this area is contributing to its desertification by clearing forest for agriculture as well as for firewood.’
    • ‘The litany of contemporary change includes global warming, ozone loss, soil erosion, deforestation, desertification, collapsing fisheries, and disappearing aquifers.’
    • ‘Pollution, erosion, desertification, increased rates of extinction and more can all be traced back to us.’
    • ‘This is because trees fight greenhouse emissions, pollution and reduce desertification, droughts, floods and storms.’
    • ‘Where food is scarce, people will often over-exploit the land in order to squeeze out of it what they can; that can lead to deforestation and desertification.’
    • ‘The problems are global - poverty, air and water pollution, deforestation, desertification, overfishing, climate change - no country can confront these challenges alone.’
    • ‘Threatened by erosion, desertification, overgrazing and global warming, cedar forests in the Moroccan Middle Atlas Mountains are going through a hard time.’
    • ‘Mozambique has experienced recurrent drought, flooding, cyclones, water pollution, and desertification (the process by which land loses its nutrients and becomes desert).’
    • ‘Despite the massive amount of land claimed by expanding desertification each year, the phenomenon receives only infrequent attention, perhaps because the effects seldom seem to transcend international borders.’
    • ‘Deforestation, desertification and the number of endangered species continue to rise.’
    • ‘But there has been no other time in the history of the world when greenhouse gases, airborne methane and mercury, desertification, and deforestation have been around.’
    • ‘It pays poor rural women to plant trees across the country to protect their farms from soil erosion and desertification.’
    • ‘And there's also the risk of serious soil erosion leading to possible desertification.’
    • ‘The rest of the Arab lands are threatened by desertification due to anthropogenic activities including overgrazing.’
    • ‘In Ghana, a three-day workshop will focus on medicinal plants, conserving fresh water, renewable energy and desertification.’
    • ‘The UN in 2000 reported that half of all land in South Asia has lost agricultural potential because of desertification.’
    • ‘This puts enormous pressure on the environment, contributing to deforestation and desertification in these countries.’
    • ‘One root cause of desertification and deforestation is the use of wood as the basic source of energy, with the consequent loss of trees and degradation of the soil.’

Pronunciation

desertification

/dəˌzərdəfəˈkāSH(ə)n//dəˌzərdəfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/