The Decapolis region (Northern Jordan) as historical example of desertification? Evidence from soil development and distribution

  title={The Decapolis region (Northern Jordan) as historical example of desertification? Evidence from soil development and distribution},
  author={Michael Schmidt and Bernhard Lucke and Rupert B{\"a}umler and Ziad al-Saad and Bakr al-Qudah and A. A. Hutcheon},
  journal={Quaternary International},
Historic land use was found to impact soil development directly in the Decapolis region in Northern Jordan, leading to re-distribution, not simply erosion and degradation of soils. Several authors proposed that land use had a strongly negative impact on soil development in semi-arid areas, leading to desertification. The term desertification was used to describe erosion, caused by land use, as the reason for an advance of deserts and the abandonment of ancient sites. However, evidence from… Expand
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