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Springer Series in Physical Environment

Desertification

Natural Background and Human Mismanagement

Authors: Mainguet, Monique

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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.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • What is Desertification?: Definitions and Evolution of the Concept

    Pages 1-16

    Mainguet, Professor Dr. Monique

  • “Desertification” or Land Degradation: Location and Dimension in Time, Vulnerability of Soil and Plants in Drylands

    Pages 17-41

    Mainguet, Professor Dr. Monique

  • Dimensions in Space of “Desertification” or Land Degradation: Their Degree and Specificity in Each Continent

    Pages 42-150

    Mainguet, Professor Dr. Monique

  • Processes Leading to Soil Degradation and “Desertification”

    Pages 151-198

    Mainguet, Professor Dr. Monique

  • Prevention and Remedies

    Pages 199-277

    Mainguet, Professor Dr. Monique

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Desertification
Book Subtitle
Natural Background and Human Mismanagement
Authors
Series Title
Springer Series in Physical Environment
Series Volume
9
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-97253-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-97253-9
Series ISSN
0937-3047
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 306
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