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Conversion of a grassland or an already arid land into a desert through indiscriminate human actions magnified by droughts. Such actions include overgrazing, repeated burning, intensive farming, and stripping of vegetation for firewood. See also deforestation.

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Sometimes a farmer may lose some of his crops because of a long drought that caused desertification losing him lots of money.
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One of the worst things that can happen to anyone with crops is to have a drought which leads to desertification.
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When they arrived, the stunned environmentalists barely recognized the grasslands from their visit a year ago because the desertification had been so widespread and all-encompassing.
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