de·​sert·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ di-ˌzər-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce desertification (audio) \

Definition of desertification

: the process of becoming desert (as from land mismanagement or climate change)

Other Words from desertification

desertify \ di-​ˈzər-​tə-​ˌfī How to pronounce desertification (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of desertification in a Sentence

The organization was awarded for its efforts to prevent further desertification in Africa.
Recent Examples on the Web The climate crisis is, in turn, driving the biodiversity extinction crisis, but there are other drivers of the biodiversity crisis, such as invasive species, deforestation, pollution, desertification, etc. Sahana Ghosh, Quartz, 10 May 2022 Local organizations believe projects that reintroduce native plants and implement smart water harvesting systems will cushion the impacts of climate change and desertification, which are only set to worsen, according to the United Nations report. The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Apr. 2022 Widespread desertification in Northern Africa and stronger winds over the Mediterranean could be making these dust events more intense, research has shown. Monica Garrett, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 Studies suggest that warmer temperatures increase evaporation in soil, exacerbating the lack of water and promoting desertification. Janet Marinelli, Wired, 19 Feb. 2022 This news desertification has been minutely chronicled by Penny Abernathy, a reporter turned scholar, and recently lamented by The Washington Post Magazine. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 To take just one example, the Youngstown Vindicator, a 150-year-old Ohio paper with a history of covering the area’s distressed working-class and nonwhite communities, shut down as its market succumbed to full-scale news desertification. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 21 Oct. 2021 Droughts and desertification aggravated by climate change in Mali, Niger and other parts of Africa, for example, are thought to be integral to the competition for water, food, farmland and pasture land that can lead to violence and instability. New York Times, 13 Dec. 2021 The clip opens with a depressing look at a future Earth that has undergone desertification. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of desertification

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Desertification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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