3-7: Desertification

Importance of this Unit to the Course

Climate changes and climate variability as discussed in Block 2 leads to natural changes in the primary productivity of landscapes. Human use of land as discussed in the previous unit influences the landscape's ability to recover from natural loss of productivity.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. (Print text for offline review.)
  2. Take the Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading