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"It became desert through

"It became desert through agricultural practice"

Yup, that is quite likely, but to this day the "over-grazed" component gets far too much credit. It's impossible to determine to what degree over-grazing [if at all] fits into the scheme of historical depletion when active deforestation, urbanization, and large scale tilling and chemical application are yet given enough credit. Look at the Amazon basin today. Sure, its been transformed largely to make room to graze Burger King beef cattle, but it's not the grazing of cattle that's doing the damage. It's the deforestation and tilling of soil in preparation for the cattle that initiates the damage.

this certainly belongs on this page...

^full length... http://vimeo.com/28055108