Species diversity during desertification on Kerqin sandy land

Xueli Chang Xueli, Jianguo Wu Jianguo

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This paper analyes the changing characteristics of species diversity during the process of desertification in Kerqin, Inner Mongolia. The species diversity indices show that desertification is a process of biodiversity loss. In particular, specialized species are wiped out first, rare species vanish second, and then common species begin to disappear. Change in life-form composition indicates that perennial herbaceous and scrubby plants are severely affected by desertification, whereas annuals and semi-shrub species occur at all stages of desertification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-156
Number of pages6
JournalChinese Journal of Applied Ecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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