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EROSION

MANAGING IRRIGATION

RIVERS, WETLANDS AND LAKES

DRY DESERT HABITATS

This section discusses what should happen in future desert development. It examines the conservation of soil, biodiversity, and beauty, but another general warning is necessary for those who think such an ideal is easy to achieve. Deserts are one of the last major scientific frontiers, and it can be argued that more is spent on researching the polar environment than on the more biologically-rich global desert. We do not yet know enough about the environment to be confident in prescriptions for conservation.

 
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