Problems Caused By Desertification
- Dust Storms: As soil become less stable because of the lack of vegetation it become much more vulnerable to wind erosion which can create large scale dust storms.
- Reduced Crop Yields: As the soil becomes less fertile the amount of crops that it can support will reduce. The falling crop yields can lead to famine and starvation.
- Conflict: With increasing soil degradation and reduction in agricultural output and available agricultural land conflict can arise over diminishing resources.
- Famine: If the soil become degraded and crops begin to fail or the yields reduce in quantity then famine can happen. Famine is normally caused by a combination of factors, soil degradation, drought and possibly a natural disaster or conflict, so if soil degrades it increases the potential of famine.
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