For those of you who missed the First World Forum on Desertification held at the beginning of this month, EarthAction intern Amber provides an important look at a place suffering from drought and desertification here in the United States.
Desert landscape in Arizona, United States, circa 1972.
What is desertification? It is a process by which fertile soil nutrients are leached due to topsoil erosion from climatic effects and poor agricultural practices. This process transforms arable land into a dry desert unequipped for the growing of crops and other common agricultural practices. The Navajo Nation in the southwestern United States is the largest area of severely desertified land in North America.