• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

China loses a net land area of 2460 km to the desert each year. Therefore, desertification reduces the size of land required to support the ever-expanding population, which leads to overpopulation and un-sustainability in further development.

Extracts from this document...


China is the world's fourth largest country with land area of 9.6 million km�1 but 2.6 million km�2 of the land is affected by desertification. Desertification affects an area of 2.62 million km�, which is 27.3% of the national territory. The proportion of desert or desertifying land in China is 18 times the world average. There are about 110 million people live in desertifying areas in China. China loses a net land area of 2460 km� to the desert each year. Therefore, desertification reduces the size of land required to support the ever-expanding population, which leads to overpopulation and un-sustainability in further development. Sustainable development is to meet the present needs without compromising the ability to meet the needs of the future generation. It should lead to an improvement to people's quality of life and standard of living. ...read more.


Desertification is the process of an environmental degradation caused by excessive human activities and climate variation. It is a progression process of forming a desert. Two main causes of desertification are climate change and increase in population growth. As the land becomes degraded, they are no longer able to produce food, which leads to famine. Desertification is mainly caused by excessive human activities such as overgrazing, overcultivation or uncontrolled collection of word for fuel. As show in Map 1 and Map 2, it shows that desertification always occurs in places that are relatively densely populated. People in poor countries tend to have more children to help them working on the farm in order to earn more money. Therefore, farmers need to change their way of land uses since more land are needed for food crops. ...read more.


Therefore, it indicates that those areas are unsustainable for further development. This explains why desert or desertifying areas in China have such a phenomenon of overpopulation. Therefore, desertification is an indicator of overpopulation. In recent years, Desertification has become a major environmental problem in Inner Mongolia. Yijinhuoluo County is one of the regions in China that is influenced most severely by desertification due to intensive human activities. It is situated in the southeastern part of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China. Due to the degradation of vegetation and reduction of surface coverage, desertification occurs. Desertification directly caused by wind erosion develops in Yijinhuoluo County. Therefore, if the vegetation cannot be re-established or the mobile sands cannot be fixed, the County will be facing the danger of further desertification. In conclusion, even the population size of a region is low, that region may also be overpopulated because of its insufficient resources, such as Yijinhuoluo County. Being overpopulated and have insufficient resources, that region will be unsustainable for further development. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Population & Settlement section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Population & Settlement essays

  1. Microclimates.My purpose of this study is to establish whether my hypotheses are true or ...

    The climate in and around cities and other built up areas is altered in part due to modifications humans make to the surface of the Earth during urbanization. The surface is typically rougher and often drier in cities, as naturally vegetated surfaces are replaced by buildings and paved streets.

  2. To What Extent did the Gradual Abandonment of the Maoist Development Paradigm Between the ...

    attributed to government policies, such as the increased income of peasants and the greater availability of goods, as well as underlying social trends and the fall in the price of production Why were prices falling? It is fairly obvious that the material wealth of peasants improved during Deng's rule at

  1. For China, evidence would indicate that its population size, structure and distribution are currently ...

    The increasing population of China will experience the problem of over-populated in certain areas due to the loss of land resources. The Chinese government introduced the family planning since the late 1970s to control the population growth of China. As a result, the birth rate decreases and leads to an increase in the life expectancy to 71.4 years.

  2. Geography: Causes of Famine

    and growth of maize as a basic food source and export crop. Due to the maize subsidies the country was almost self-sufficient in maize production. However due to the position of Zambia in southern Africa the countries maize production is constantly under threat from droughts, as in 1982-84, '89 and '90.

  1. World Development

    1.clean water and sanitation, 2. a good and fair livelihood, 3. Education for them to move on in the world 4. Shelter in any adequate condition 5. Health and Medical assistance and 6. Food of which they can grow themselves for healthy consuming.

  2. Geography revision - flooding - Urbanisation - Population problems

    Around these areas pie chart sectors of different types are found. BUT it ignores non-residential land such as industry, it emphasises economic factors and ignores people grouping :| Harris and Ulman Multiple Nuclei Model - They believed that there was more than one centre to the city.

  1. I will discuss the differences and inequalities of China as a nation in its ...

    Rivers such as the famous 'Huang He' river or also known as the 'Yellow River', which flows in parts over a deep, yellow, fertile, and easily eroded soil known as loess which causes the problem of 'soil erosion' which is a bad hazard as it can cause damage to buildings.


    In some places the Han are active in the towns and in the fertile river valleys, while the minority peoples depend for their livelihood on more primitive forms of agriculture or on grazing their livestock on hillsides and mountains. The vertical distribution of these peoples is in zones usually the higher they live, the less complex their way of life.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work