Rangeland Degradation in North China Revisited? A Preliminary Statistical Analysis to Validate Non-Equilibrium Range Ecology

  title={Rangeland Degradation in North China Revisited? A Preliminary Statistical Analysis to Validate Non-Equilibrium Range Ecology},
  author={P. P. S. Ho},
  journal={The Journal of Development Studies},
  pages={133 - 99}
  • P. Ho
  • Published 1 February 2001
  • Environmental Science
  • The Journal of Development Studies
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